Teacher Guide

Between the World and Me Lesson Plan

Relationship to Other Books

Coates refers to a number of different authors, artists, and historical figures in Between the World and Me, so any works by those authors would be excellent choices for further reading. In particular, because of the comparisons that have been made between the two works, it would be beneficial for students to read at least some chunk of The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin.

In addition, there are a number of specific works that address similar concepts and issues:

  • The Thing Around Your Neck, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander
  • β€œIn Case of Emergency: Letter to my Nephew,” Joshua Bennett (a spoken-word poem,...

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