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

Poet Clint Smith reads his poem "Ode to the Only Black Kid in the Class."

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have viewers craft their own ode modeled after Smith's poem
  • Create a KWL chart for the many references in the poem and then have groups research the unfamiliar reference
  • After viewing the video and discussing the poem, show the linked video interview with Clint Smith
  • Safia Elhillo's poem "an inheritance," mentioned in the interview, is available on the internet
Classroom Considerations
  • Presumes a protocol has been established to permit a safe, respectful discussion of sensitive topics
  • Part of the TEDEd "There's a Poem for That" series
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • The reading is accompanied by an animation that illustrates the concepts in the poem
Cons
  • None
Common Core