Black is a Rainbow Color
Social Justice Activities:
Study what the author chooses to reference about her life experiences and the ways she conveys her identity through metaphors. Use this text to inspire poetry writing, such as, "I Am," poems.
Explore how artists have used music to express experiences. Students choose a song from the author's playlist to analyze and then co-construct knowledge by discussing the themes of the song with their classmates.
Words matter. Study the Ethnonyms in the back of the book. Explore how as humanity progresses over time, language and words associated with identity can change.
Study the historical references in the back of the book and analyze how the author was able to use poetry to convey historical events.
Author's Purpose: This book is a great mentor text for explaining how some authors write to express deep feelings.
Compare Genres: There are references to poems like Langston Hugh's poem, "Dreams" when the author says, "Black are the Dreams and raisons left out in the sun to die." Also, Maya Angelou's, "Black are the birds in cages that sing."
Figurative Language: This book is full of metaphors that begin with "Black is..." Analyze metaphors like, "Black is the power of a movement in pain."
- Fiction, All Ages
- Perspectives: Black American
- Author's stated heritage: Black American
- Subject Integration: Music, Art, Language (ethnonyms in the back), History