Dancing Where We’re From: Complete Unit

Dancing Where We're From: Complete Unit

Can be used for 4th – 7th students.

Includes: PDF, 29 pages


This interdisciplinary unit builds class community and celebrates identity in ways that will speak to multiple learning styles. Your students will love performing, poetry, and dance. George Ella Lyon’s “Where I’m From,” Alvin Ailey’s Revelations (1960) and Camille A. Brown’s Black Girl: Linguistic Play (2016) serve as examples of artworks that draw upon community and identity. The three works will be reviewed by students who will then create and reflect upon their own poems and dances. The unit ends with a performance of a class dance or sharing it.

This was a great way for students to learn about the topic in a new way. This is so much more engaging that traditional methods. We need more.

Wonderful resource.


Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.


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