Author: Ellen Powell Fracassini
Seminar: Modern and Contemporary U.S. Poetry
Grade Level: 7-9
School Subject(s): English
This unit, Identity and Ideology: Using Poetry to Explore Who You Are and What You Believe, is designed to use poetry as a medium to engage students in thoughtful, critical conversations about text. It focuses on close reading, structured and scaffolded group discussions, and student-created questions. The unit was created for middle school, but can be adapted to meet the needs of a range of grade levels. The poetry we explore in this unit is all by African American poets, but the poems can be tailored to fit the interests of your students. The goal of this unit is to move students toward rich student-driven conversations about text. This unit can serve as a foundational unit to set norms and expectations for discussion for the school year.
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