Lesson Plan

Teach This Poem: "Imagine" by Kamilah Aisha Moon

A instructional activity about Kamilah Aisha Moon's poem "Imagine" asks young scholars to imagine, "What would happen if...?" If Dr. Martin Luther King's dream became a reality. If Renisha McBride was a white girl and crashed her car in a black neighborhood. If their own dreams for the country would come true.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have John Lennon's song "Image" playing as pupils enter the classroom
  • Ask groups to research what happened to Renisha McBride and compare that information to how the event is recounted in the poem
Classroom Considerations
  • The non-academic approach to poetry used in the lesson is designed to build reader's confidence in their poetry analysis skills
Pros
  • The lesson asks participants to consider the wishes they have for their country
Cons
  • None