In drawing upon Learning for Justice's Social Justice Anchor Standards, this project can be used to support the exploration of Identity, Diversity, Justice, and Action.
In addition to Common Core State Standards or other state-wide education standards for learning, we recommend explore Learning for Justice’s Social Justice Anchor Standards. While these standards are designed to be implemented and integrated into the K-12 classroom, I believe and identify that they can also (and should) be utilized in higher education classrooms and learning spaces as well.
This project and the corresponding poem can be used to support the exploration of Identity, Diversity, Justice, and Action. Below you can find sample discussion questions for each of these anchor standards to integrate into your classroom teaching.
How do you define identity?
What is your identity?
What is your positionality?
Which identities are represented in this project and in this poem?
Who is not yet represented?
Do you see yourself represented?
What are the consequences and impacts of this?
What is the identity of North Carolina? The United States?
How do you define diversity?
How do you engage with diversity?
How is diversity represented in this project and in this poem?
How is diversity celebrated (and not) in North Carolina? The United States?
How might this poem be different for different readers of different positionalities?
How do you define and identify justice?
What does justice look like? What does it do?
How does your school promote fairness? If you think it doesn’t, what can it do differently to do so?
What does equity look like in your community, classroom, school, hometown?
What does injustice look like in your community, classroom, school, hometown?
How can poetry serve as a call for justice?
How do you define action?
What action is the speaker taking in this poem? How do you know?
What is the call to action in this poem?
How can you personally actionize fairness, justice, and inclusion?
What can you do in your school to help prioritize equity?