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Madison Metropolitan School District

Literature of a People-Rising Up


This intermediate level course will explore literature that focuses on marginalized voices struggling to rise up against established authority. Through the study of a wide variety of genres--spoken word poetry, speeches, novels, essays, graphic novels, and hip hop--students will critically examine, discuss, and write about themes revolving around power, oppression, justice, culture, assimilation, and identity. Student work will involve close reading, personal creative expression through narrative, poetry, and/or spoken word, research, and literal and lyrical analysis. Whole class and choice text authors and titles may include, but are not limited to, Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, Che Guevara's The Motorcycle Diaries, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Julia Alvarez's In the Time of Butterflies, Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy, Maxine Hong Kingston's China Men. Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP).

  • Recommended Grades: 10-12
  • Course Number: ENG3175
  • Credits: 1/2 credit
  • Note: Elective;  Meets Requirement for Global Scholars Program (GSP)