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Race In Me Poetry Unit - social studies & literature

What does race mean to you?

This wiki is a demonstration poetry study for middle and secondary education.

The "heritage project" takes on a rich new meaning when students work together to build a deeper understanding of themselves in relation to global views of race, heritage, personal identity, and family. Using online collaborative tools to support research, writing, and the publication of poetry in a podcast, students will begin to make meaning of how their personal stories are the road map that makes up who they are today and their continue to develop their personal identity. 

View the entire lesson: Google Doc


Language Arts: Develop strategies for expresison through descriptive poetic language. Read and study selected ethic studies literature. Literature selections from Ronald Takaki

Social Studies Understanding: Student the evolving definition of "What is an American?" through history, in particular, this theme relates to the social impact of the Japanese Internment in WWII. 



  1. Opening Activity - Thinking about race and identity

  2. Activity 1- Who Has Influenced My Life?

  3. Activity 2- Deep Thinking About Race - How do others define race?

  4. Activity 3 - Write The Race In Me Poem

  5. Activity 4- Collect Images & Podcast Race In Me Poem

  6. Assessment - Criteria For All Aspects Of This Project


Poetry Writing Examples


Additional Resources for Teachers


Team 1

Team 2

Team 3

Team 4

Team 5

Team 6

Team 7

Team 8

Team 9

Team 10

Team Brainstorm examples




  • For more information about this wiki contact Sandra Oliver or Kathleen Ferenz:kferenz@ gmail.com

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