The Emperor Has No Clothes

Okun, Tema

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This is a teaching resource that includes a collection of short stories and explanations that center around race, and the complicated aspects of racism, and of approaching racism for social change.


These short exerts are heavy in terms of topic, but are rhetorically accessible to high school students. Some sections are stories that are used to explain a specific element of racial issues that are necessary to understanding how racism infiltrates so many aspects of our lives. I believe it to be appropriate for high school students, but important to discuss what they’ve read afterwards.

Use in Class

I would choose a variety of short sections of the book as reading for homework, that students would write reflections on during their learning of Othello, or use them as a discussion starter at the beginning of class.

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