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Teacher Lesson Return to "Defining Blackness"
Defining Blackness
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ELA & Social and Emotional Learning
Find Value in Your Identity


Story Summary: In her predominantly white school, Christina faces hate language, discrimination, and a curriculum that gives only lip service to the experience of Black Americans. With the help of a support network and affirming experiences like going to a music and arts festival called Afropunk, Christina realizes that she—not society’s expectations—gets to decide who she is, what she likes, and how she acts.

Lesson Objectives and Common Core Standards Connections
Students will be able to:
· Annotate a text during the reading process in order to develop an understanding of the text’s main idea and supporting details (CCS R.1 and R.2)
· Discuss their interpretation and analysis of, as well as personal connections to, a narrative nonfiction text and to a poem (CCS SL.1)
· Write in response to a text and to other students’ written responses (CCS W.4 and W.10)



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(NYC-2019-05-03)

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