Student to me: Did you pick FENCES or did they tell you to teach it?
Me: No, I picked it. I love teaching it.
Him: You picked a good one.
HIGHEST PRAISE ALWAYS COMES FROM THE KIDS.
“Bona is one window. One window, Paul."
I think Troy would respond negatively to "I Once Was Miss America" simply because it wasn't his own experience.
"He would agree because of how he feels about the racial inequality in the world, but at the same time he would be annoyed about how she wants to be popular and be just like the popular kids (white, thin, blue eyes, blonde)."
“Ex-Basketball Player” by John Updike
“Mending Wall” by Robert Frost
“Harlem” by Langston Hughes
Then, a matrix of text-to-text connections...
Students will listen to/watch videos for/read lyrics of:
“Freedom,” by Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar
“The Blacker the Berry” by Kendrick Lamar
“This is America” by Childish Gambino
“Glory” by Common feat. John Legend
1) Write one sentence of dialogue, as Troy, reacting to the song.
2) Describe what Troy’s emotional response would be.
3) Imagine how Troy would explain the songs to Cory and Raynell
4) Explain how the songs show an experience different than Troy's
"it was a new way of connecting things I never thought would make sense together. ( song and a book)"