Black History Month

 4 Walls Activity:
"Why We are Awkward"

 "What is implicit bias?"

"White People on Race"

Ta-Nehisi Coates on "Words that Don't Belong to Everyone"


  "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou "Ain’t I A Woman" by Sojourner Truth "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes "On Being Brought from Africa to America" by Phyllis Wheatley Poetry Pack for Students.pdf "The Song of the Smoke" (1907) by W. E. B. DuBois

"The giver" (for Berdis) by James Baldwin
"Hanging Fire" by Audrey Lorde "Women" by Alice Walker
Poetry Pack 2

"The Danger of a Single Story"
Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
Slam Poetry:
Marshall Davis Jones "Touchscreen"
Omar Holmon "A Case Study In Black Girl Magic"
Popcorn “Scraps
The Steinmenauts  "Counting Graves"
Daniel Beaty “Knock Knock
Nate Marshall - "Prelude (R.I.P.)"
Nate Marshall “LeBron James”
Luka Lesson "Please Resist Me"
Danez Smith "Twerking as a Radical Form of Healing"

Connections: Using Poetry to Celebrate our Diversity

"Where I'm From

Video Poem:

Musical Connections:

 Literary Connections: 
Brown Girl Dreaming is a memoir in verse, because as Woodson states in her interview, “that’s the way memory comes...not as a straight comes in these moments of photographs...that begin to tell the story.” 

The memoir begins with the poem “February 12, 1963” where Woodson introduces the reader to the world she is born into. It is important for her to reflect and retell her history as she says, “if you know where you’ve been, you’ll know where you’re going.”

Similarly, “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon is a poem that tells of
the environment and ancestry that shaped her into who she has become.

Storybird "Where I'm From" Multimedia Assignment Rubric: Where I'm From Rubric.pdf

Click here to go to Storybird
Use your invitation for your username and class Passcode: JPCBMM  

How to use StoryBird:

Inequality Monopoly 


Inequality Monopoly: Individual Reflection 

"The Unequal Opportunity Race"

Reflection Writing Piece placeholder

Short Films:
How to analyze visual storytelling. A modeling lesson using “The Present” by Jacob Frey... 

...and "Alike " by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez

Class Analysis: Film Shorts for BHM
  1. Gabriel B. Arrahnio “Black Boys Don’t Cry
  2. Fernando Lopez and Julia Lee “Who’s Next?” 
  3. Ganeesh Genus  “How to be Black in America”
  4. Wade Hudson “In Whose Name?”
  5. Joe Brewster and Perri Peltz “A Conversation about Growing up Black in America
  6. The Cut How to Deal with the Police: Parents Explain

Group Analysis: Black Filmmakers Across Genres


  1.  "Pumza" by Wanuri Kahiu - Afrocentric Science Fiction (first of its kind) 22 min.
  2. "This Time" by Reagan Gomez - A Love Story with a Plot Twist 15 min.
  3. "MisEducated" by Spike Lee - Tragedy Reimagined 13 min.
  4. "Red Folder" by Ben Kallam - Narrative on Education 10 min. AND "Invisible" by Gregory Robert - A "public service announcement" in narrative form 7 min.


Comparing POV Activity: WorksheetWorks_Comparing_POV_1.pdf

Short Stories & Novel Excerpts:

“When I Lay My Burden Down” by Maya Angelou is from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings 
When_I_Lay_My_Burden_Down.pdf Excerpt 
When I Lay My Burden Down” by Maya Angelou (worksheet)

"Sweetest" an excerpt from Toni Morrison’s novel, God Help the Child
Sweetness - The New Yorker.pdf
Sweetness Questions

"Monkeyman" is from Walter Dean Myers collection of short stories 
Essential Questions for “Monkeyman” by Walter Dean Myers

Color Symbolism Activity: WorksheetWorks_Color_Symbolism_Analysis_1.pdf

Unit Reflection Essay:
This will be posted in Google Classroom. You can preview the prompt here so that you can think about it ahead of time.

Further Recommended Reading: 

Current Must Reads:

Becoming by Michelle Obama

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

1000 Black Girl Books Resource Guide
A resource guide created from the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign led by sixth grader Marley Dias.

The Pittsburgh Cycle
August Wilson’s crowning achievement is The Pittsburgh Cycle, his series of ten plays that charts the African American experience throughout the twentieth century. Each play covers one decade. Click to read a synopsis of each one. 

Media Analysis:

"The Real History behind Black Panther"
Nonfiction Article from The History Channel 

Political Cartoons 


Make Your Own Cartoon (Template)

Assignment Instructions & Rubric: 
Cartoon Assignment & Rubric.doc

Documentary Discussion:

Race: The Power of an Illusion Documentary Questions

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