Mirror, Window, Blueprint: Identity, the Other, and Social Constructs in African American and Hispanic Literature

Stefanie Carter-Dodson, Language Arts, Martin Luther King Middle School

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This unit is designed for use in the eighth grade English Language Arts curriculum and is meant to be used in the second semester of the school year, after students have built a base-level of knowledge of literary elements such as character, setting, and conflict. This unit uses complementary pieces of African American and Hispanic literature that explore the themes of identity, social and cultural boundaries, and belonging. These selections have been specifically chosen around narratives of immigrant and urban life with the purpose of exposing students to multiple perspectives and providing a basis for literary analysis based on reflections of identity, understanding others, and interpreting social constructions.