Autobiography of My Dead Brother by Walter Dean Myers

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Black History


9 - 12


Reading and Language Arts


45 minute class session

& Goals:

Florida State Standards
  • The student understands historical chronology and the historical perspective. SS.A.1.2
  • The student understands how scarcity requires individuals and institutions to make choices about how to use resources. SS.D.1.2
  • The student understands the world in spatial terms. 
  • The student constructs meaning from a wide range of texts. LA.A.2.1
  • The student understands the nature of language. LA.D.1.1
  • The student understands the power of language. LA.D.2.1

Note that standards in this lesson plan are for example only. This lesson can be easily adapted to meet your state's specific standards.


Students will:
  • Read the book Autobiography of My Dead Brother by Walter Dean Myers
  • Discuss how The Counts are similar to a gang
  • Create a poster on prevention or proactive ways to influence teenagers into making positive life choices

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