Instructional Video

"Ode to the Only Black Kid in the Class" by Clint Smith

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An animated interpretation of Clint Smith's poem "Ode to the Only Black Kid in the Class" explores the stereotypes Black Americans encounter.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Begin by asking class members to journal about expectations placed on them just because they are tall, short, blonde, an athlete, etc.
  • Have groups create an animation or a storyboard for one of their favorite poems
  • To extend the lesson, challenge pupils to investigate the many references in the poem
Classroom Considerations
  • Part of the "There's a Poem for That" series
Pros
  • Includes a link to an interview with the poet
Cons
  • None
Common Core