The Color of Water


The Color of Water tells the remarkable story of Ruth McBride Jordan, the two good men she married, and the 12 good children she raised. Jordan, born Rachel Shilsky, a Polish Jew, immigrated to America soon after birth; as an adult she moved to New York City, leaving her family and faith behind in Virginia. Jordan met and married a black man, making her isolation even more profound. The book is a success story, a testament to one woman’s true heart, solid values, and indomitable will. Ruth Jordan battled not only racism but also poverty to raise her children and, despite being sorely tested, never wavered. In telling her story–along with her son’s–The Color of Water addresses racial identity with compassion, insight, and realism. It is, in a word, inspiring, and you will finish it with unalloyed admiration for a flawed but remarkable individual. And, perhaps, a little more faith in us all.

Reading schedule(RLT1)

Identity Poster Narrative Asssignment (WLT3)

Vocabulary Sheets (LLT1)

ch-1-3-vocabulary                          ch-14-16-vocabulary

ch-4-5-vocabulary                          ch-17-20-vocabulary

ch-6-9-vocabulary                        ch-21-24-vocabulary

ch-10-13-vocabulary                      ch-25-vocabulary


Do the Right Thing

As a comparison assignment (RLT3), students will view the film, Do the Right Thing by Spike Lee.  Do to the very-deserving “R” rating, students will need a signed permission slip to view the movie.  Click Do the Right Thing (latest) for the assignment.