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This lesson guides students in an examination of a poet's use of figurative language and word choice to convey themes of belonging and identity.  Students will delve into the concept of the unit theme, “Belonging” and the essential question, "In what ways does our need to feel a sense of belonging conflict with our individuality?" Students will write a short essay analyzing the ways in which a poet uses figurative language and word choice to convey the speaker's sense of him/herself as an individual and as someone who feels he/she is not accepted. Image source:  "Attain" by Nick Youngson from at  Creative Commons 3 - CC BY-SA 3.0
English Language Arts
Middle School
Grade 6
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Jemelleh Coes on Feb 28, 02:53pm

ALL CATEGORIES: Have you considered your own beliefs about (race, gender, religion, sexual identity, dis/ability, other identities )?

This resource is top-notch! It creates an entry point into conversations about race, gender, and even body type. In fact, the structure of this lesson could be an entry point to discuss all identity categories, especially ones that students personally identify with. Not only does this resource provide an entry point into identity conversations generally, but the guiding questions also help support a conversation about societies' relationship with difference. The idea of belonging is one that all students can identify with and will continue to grapple with throughout their lifetime. This lesson helps to build the classroom community by giving students a chance to interrogate their own perceptions as well as the perceptions of other people. As educators embark on the exploration and presentation of this resource, it is suggested that they turn their attention to the very first question from each section of the ID bias tool: Have you considered your own beliefs about (insert identity category)? This is important as it may manifest in various ways throughout the conversation and it is important to be intentional about understanding oneself to ensure that harm is not unintentionally caused.




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