Students will close read "I, Too, Sing America" and answer questions.
After, they will generate questions with a partner using question stems provided.
Then, they will trade questions with another partner pair and answer them.
"Blackbird" by Paul McCartney- youtube clip linked in Answer Key
"Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday- youtube clip linked in Answer Key
"Caged Bird" by Maya Angelous- youtube clip linked in Answer Key
I use these poems as bell ringers the week before
Students will take 60 minutes to write a compare and contrast essay over "Dreams" and "I, Too, Sing America" by Langston Hughes.
The next day, students will receive their prompts back and look at the structure and organization.
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