Reading, Social Studies, Language Arts

Grade Level

6-8, 9-12

Framework Standards

Reading “The Undefeated”

Introduce students to the triumph of the human spirit within the context of Black history.

The Undefeated is an illustrated poem written to commemorate the birth of the author’s daughter and the inauguration of President Barack Obama. The book remembers unforgettable, unafraid, unbowed, famous and overlooked figures from Black history. The poem reflects the history of the United States, tracing the trauma and the triumphs of Black American experiences from enslavement to the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter. Rich illustrations add additional layers of meaning to the poem text. The Undefeated has been described as “A love letter to America. To Black America.”

Great lesson plan for Black History Month.

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