Naomi Shihab Nye, Claude McKay, Richard Blanco: Immigration Poetry Lesson

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Teach your students to have more empathy and compassion for others.

The pain of missing home is a universal experience, but for immigrants, that feeling is especially powerful. Additionally, defining home when you no longer live where you were born or where you grow up can be tricky.

By examining the four poems in this unit, students will gain perspective and empathy for people whose lives are likely very different from their own. They will also sharpen their poetry analysis skills and their critical thinking skills.

These poems will make a great addition to your unit on immigration, poetry, exile, leaving home, or the American dream.

The poems for these lessons are not included because of copyright.

Texts:

“The Tropics of New York” by Claude McKay

“Postcard from Kashmir” by Agha Shahid Ali

“My Uncle’s Favorite Coffee Shop” by Naomi Shihab Nye

“The Island Within” by Richard Blanco

Pairings: These poems could be taught with any texts that deal with the immigration experience, the American Dream, culture clash, the family, home, or the past; suggestions include The Great Gatsby, Jane Eyre, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Othello, The Oedipus Cycle, Night.

Total Pages
15
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

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