Lesson Plan

Exploring Identity and Intersectionality in Poetry

Just as Kermit the Frog notes, "It isn't easy being green!" it isn't easy occupying "multiple Identity spaces." Class members read and discuss poems by writers detailing what it is like when their identities are "oppressed."

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members create a mandala that includes images of what they consider their multiple identities; permit pupils to  choose to share these graphics if they wish
Classroom Considerations
  • Preview both lessons to determine if they are appropriate for your classroom
  • Pupils need access to computers with internet
  • Requires copies, one for each participant, of the poems
  • Includes an introduction for instructors, pre-reading activities, and detailed lesson plans
  • None
Common Core