As a celebration of making a few dollars on Teachers Pay Teachers I wanted to extend a free offer to other teachers who may be looking for materials to use with their students. I’m a teacher in an urban school district where most of my students are considered to be “at risk” and have a range of special needs. Many have experienced struggles which have prevented them from being successful in their academic life and are over-aged and under-credited. I have always been passionate about finding materials for my students where they are able to connect with as well as learn from.
A few years ago I stumbled on a short story, “Shame”, by Dick Gregory and knew immediately that I would try it out with my students. The story was a huge success and I have used it every year every since! It is perfect for apprehensive readers and can be easily aligned with the Common Core Standards and skills needed for the English Regents Exam.
“Shame” by Dick Gregory can be used to:
- teach how words can be powerful and have a lasting impact on others
- teach literary devices such as characterization, setting, conflict, symbolism…
- African American Literature/History—did you know Dick Gregory was an African American who ran for President of the United States in 1968? He died this year (a week after teaching my summer school classes about him and his work).
Feel free to make any edits needed to differentiate for your students. All materials are scaffolded to increase student achievement.
- Shame pre-reading words have power quotes (I laminated these and provided each group with a quotation to discuss and then present to the class as a pre-reading activity)
- Shame warm-up
- Shame-by-Dick-Gregory (short story)
- Shame Literary Chart
- Shame Dick Gregory Group Poster Assignment
- writing response pre assessment for shame (aligned with Part 3 of the English Exam)
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