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Smart AND Black—My Teachers’ Worst Nightmare
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ELA Literacy & Social and Emotional Learning
How Inequality Impacts Me

Summary of Stories: This lesson uses three stories (I Learned to Love My Safety High School, Smart AND Black—My Teachers’ Worst Nightmare, and Navigating Life in a White School), in which all of the writers discuss how inequality in education impacts them. Gabby writes about overcoming the disappointment of not being accepted into a specialized high school. In Angie’s story, a teacher accuses her of cheating when she performs “too well” on a quiz. Lastly, Christina vividly explores her reactions to the burden of being one of the only people of color in her school.

Lesson Objectives and Common Core Connections
• Students make personal connections to a text and successfully participate in story-based activities and discussions.
• Students will respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives (CCLS SL.1).
• Students will read and comprehend literary nonfiction proficiently (CCLS R.10).
• Students will write routinely over extended and shorter time frames for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences (CCLS W.10).
• Students will compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources (CCSS RH.9).

Note: This lesson will probably need to be split across two days, depending on your students’ understanding of the video, reading speed, and how much time they need to answer the post-reading activities.

Because this lesson contains handouts, it is only available in PDF format. Click here for the complete issue lesson guide.

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