Lesson 1 (from Remembering Lest We Forget (pages 5 - 21))
As educators, we try to manage our students so that everyone gets along. Everyone is equal. The classroom is a level playing field where every student receives equal treatment and has an equal opportunity for education. In his memoir, Coates passes on a different set of lessons to his son: We don’t all get along, and that despite what the law states, America is not a land of equality. He has experienced too much discrimination and seen too much violence to believe otherwise. Should we strive to make America a better place for everyone? Yes, but it is unwise to live blind to reality. In this lesson, students will experience, both literally and figuratively, what it means to stand in someone else's shoes.
1. Pair off students and ask them to trade shoes for a few minutes at the beginning of class, encouraging them to...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.1, 9-10.4, 9-10.7, 9-10.10, 11-12.1, 11-12.3, 11-12.4, 11-12.7, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.1(b), 9-10.1(c), 9-10.2, 9-10.3(e), 9-10.9, 11-12.1(b), 11-12.1(c), 11-12.2, 11-12.3(e), 11-12.9
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