Assign this text to deeply engage your students!

Actively Learn provides free ELA, science, and social studies digital content—short stories, primary sources, textbook sections, science articles, novels, videos, and more—and embeds them with standards-aligned assignments to assign immediately or customize for your students.

Whether you’re looking for “The Tell-Tale Heart,” The Hate U Give, “The Gettysburg Address,” or current science articles and simulations, Actively Learn is the free go-to source to help you guide your students' growth in critical thinking all year.

Teaching If We Must Die

If We Must Die

As a Jamaican immigrant to the United States, Claude McKay's writing introduced many complex themes, both from his experiences in Jamaica and his life in the United States. 'If We Must Die' was written as a response to what is now called The Red Summer of 1919. During this summer, there was a rise in hate crime, race riots, and overall violence towards the Black community. 

Claude McKay
Public Domain

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

Why is this poem popular with resistance movements?
STANDARDS:
RL.1 - Meaning & Evidence, RL.2 - Main Ideas, RL.4 - Key Terms & Tone

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

2,3
Assign this text to your students for free!