Othering Through the Lens of Poetry

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A great activity to include in a poetry unit or in a broader study of social justice, this lesson is designed to help students explore and understand othering, especially its emotional content, context, and consequences, by looking at it through the lens of a poem or poems of your choice. This activity was created as part of the Teach for Justice program.

A close variation of this activity can be found in Understanding Othering: Using Literature as a Lens.

This product may be appropriate for a wider age/grade range than listed.

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  • Notes and Suggestions for the Teacher
  • Pre-Teaching Reflection Activity for Teachers
  • Detailed Activity Instructions
  • Student Response Worksheet
  • Optional Extension Activities
  • Notes and Suggestions for Distance Learning

See preview or thumbnails for examples from this unit.

All portions of this product are in PDF format.

Depending on which parts of this activity you choose to use, how much is done in class versus for homework, and your students themselves, this activity is designed to take two to five standard 45- to 50-minute class periods.

Once you have downloaded, looked over, and/or used this, please leave feedback! Thanks!

Rebecca Gettelman

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Total Pages
11 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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