Braiding Justice: Enslaved Peoples’ Agency Amidst Incredible Hardship

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This lesson is also about power: who has it, what that leads to in terms of storytelling, and how people, even those who are seen in the margins, can sustain successes, rightfully gaining some of that power back. It is a family story, corroborated by articles, so primary and secondary sources can be analyzed by students.

In telling the story from Farming While Black, Leah Penniman reframes a narrative of enslavement of people. The lesson and encourages students to think of the agency they may have in their lives. Extension activities include researching additional contributions of Black people to farming and a suggestion for an interview project.

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7 pages
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Teaching Duration
50 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.
Analyze how a text uses structure to emphasize key points or advance an explanation or analysis.
Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).


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