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- Sugar Land, TX
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The emotional and spiritual oppression of slavery in the African-American experience is the focus of this lesson. Middle schoolers analyze various texts by Frederick Douglass and Maya Angelou related to freedom and oppression. They use textual evidence to write about slavery, oppression, compassion, and nonviolence. Additionally, they perform African-American spirituals and write reflectively for the lesson.
Eighth graders respond personally to poetry. For this poem analysis lesson, 8th graders analyze the biographical poem of Maya Angelou titled "Still I Rise." Students elaborate on the language and theme of the poem as they respond to discussion questions about it. Students then write antonym poems in response to Angelou's poem.
Students make an ancient Maya travel guide. In this ancient Maya lesson, students use knowledge from previous lessons to design a travel guide. They include important information for a traveler who wants to visit an ancient Maya city. They describe how to get around, include pictures, and let the traveler know about art and architecture they might encounter.
The effects of changes in Latin American government is the topic of this writing exercise. Challenge your class to read and respond to three prompts where they describe the Sandinistas of Nicaragua, Latin American immigration into the US, and the Mothers of the Plaza de Maya.