I'm currently designing a grade 12 English unit and I'm looking for short stories, poems, or films that deal with issues of race, gender, and/or age.
I plan on tying this all back to power inequalities in our society. This thread
had some interesting ideas, however the materials I'm planning to use don't have to be inspirational; In fact I'd prefer controversial.
Some things I have in mind already are, the short story "The Stolen Party", poetry by Gwendolyn Brooks and Langston Hughes, and films like "Do the Right Thing." "The Interrupters" also looks promising, although I've only seen previews.
FWIW, I have a pretty disengaged class, with a 50/50 black/white split, and slightly more boys than girls. I'm hoping this unit will somewhat pique their interest and get them a bit more involved. Also, these are not university bound kids. They are headed for the workplace or career colleges.
Any other tips for this unit would be greatly appreciated.
**Please, no novels. I'm already planning on using "Rule of the Bone" at the end of the term.