“The Great Migration” by Minnie Bruce Pratt

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Minnie Bruce Pratt's poem, "The Great Migration," offers young scholars an opportunity to reflect on how where we come from influences who we are. Groups conduct a close reading of the poem, recording observations about the poem's content and structure. The class then discusses how the Great Migration relates to the other migrations mentioned in the poem.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members research and report on how and why their families and/or guardians came to the United States
  • Chart these migrations on a world map and post the map in the classroom
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires individual copies of Pratt's poem
  • Presumes class members have previously studied the Great Migration of African Americans from the South to the northern states
Pros
  • Provides step-by-step directions for all six activities
  • Includes before, during, and after reading the poem activities
  • Class members develop a rubric to assess their poems or narratives
Cons
  • None