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African American writers, slavery, speech, speeches, politics, classroom activity, classroom activities, short story, short stories


American Literature | English Language and Literature | Literature in English, North America | Literature in English, North America, Ethnic and Cultural Minority


One of the core beliefs of the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) states that we believe that “diverse perspectives enrich understanding and inspire discovery and creativity,” and in keeping with that aim, I chose to participate in the Just Teach One: Early African American Print project. As a school primarily focused on STEM subjects, IMSA still offers a robust English curriculum that values and supports a diverse literary canon, and our incoming sophomores are asked to complete a two-part Literary Explorations course that features America texts from colonial era up to the 21st century.


Published online in Common-Place: Just Teach One January 2015.



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