Unit Plan

Poetry of Liberation

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How do writers use words to protest injustice, challenge the status quo, and shape their own identities? Individuals watch and discuss a video, read author biographies, write poetry and journals, develop a slideshow, and complete a problem-based learning project. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have individuals write poetry to protest an aspect of modern life, and then engage the class in a poetry slam
  • Ask small groups to research the Vietnam War and analyze how it affected American literature
Classroom Considerations
  • Print the timeline and author biographies in advance
  • Includes overview questions, learning objectives, and instructor and student overviews
  • Provides a comprehensive video preview
  • Each author biography concludes with a series of engaging, higher-order discussion questions
  • None