Learning and Writing from Poems and Songs of Enslaved People
This unit introduces students to a unique set of primary sources: poetry written by enslaved people living and working in the United States during the time of the Civil War. Students will practice analysis of poems and songs written about emancipation and freedom by enslaved and formerly enslaved people and will create and perform their own poetry or songs that connect to the content and/or personal connections to perseverance.
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Common Core State Standards for ELA
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other text
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
C3 Standards for Social Studies/History
D2.His.1.6-8. Analyze connections among events and developments in broader historical contexts.
D2.His.4.6-8. Analyze multiple factors that influenced the perspectives of people during different historical eras.
D2.His.7.9-12. Explain how the perspectives of people in the present shape interpretations of the past.