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Walking the Talk: Examining Privilege and Race in a Ninth-Grade Classroom
by Kelly Sassi and Ebony Elizabeth Thomas
|Grades||8 – 12|
Kelly Sassi and Ebony Elizabeth Thomas describe their struggles and eventual success with students in constructing a “counternarrative to colormuteness and colorblindness”—the self-imposed student segregation and silencing of voice. Because of discussions during a Native American unit and student participation in a classroom intervention activity, interpersonal dynamics openly shifted for the better.
Sassi, Kelli, and Ebony Elizabeth Thomas. "Walking the Talk: Examining Privilege and Race in a Ninth-Grade Classroom." English Journal 97 : 6, 20 -25. Print.
Grades 11 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
As part of their study of Richard Wright’s Black Boy, students research and reflect on the current black-white racial divide in America. By examining the work of literature in the context of contemporary events, students will deepen their understanding of the work and of what it means to be an American today.