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The Poet X: Growing Up and Growing into Understanding
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The Poet X: Growing Up and Growing into Understanding


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Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Activity, Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards

About This Lesson

The Poet X: Growing Up and Growing into Understanding - A ninth-grade ELA Unit exploration of themes and issues in growing in the inner city in America.

A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo. Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. - 

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Poet X Unit.docx

Lesson Plan
June 29, 2020
21.88 KB

Poet X Days 4 - Finish.pptx

June 30, 2020
6.21 MB


Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events.
Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole.
Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
Introduce a topic and organize ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.


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