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Parable of the Sower

Unit Plan

Grades 11-12

 This Unit Plan aims to bolster the work that you are already doing in the classroom, enabling you to teach Parable of the Sower from an anti-racist lens. It incorporates Afro-futurism and lenses of disability justice and intersectionality.

The Unit includes:

  • Sample calendar with reading plan and discussion questions
  • Introductory slideshow
  • Engaging activities and writing prompts
  • Additional resources  



Unit Calendar

12 Class sessions with discussion questions, writing prompts, and supplementary reading


Adapted from Dr. Ghouldy Muhammed's Historically Responsive Literacy Framework

Questions and Prompts

Big concept and text-based discussion questions 

Engaging writing prompts

Unit Plan Overview

This package includes sample class calendar with educator tools including objectives, guiding questions for educators to ask, and relevant materials.


12 Class Sessions -- Unit Calendar:
  • Example: Class 5 

    Reading: Ch. 13 | Additional Reading: “Sitting in a Circle” from Braiding Sweetgrass


    Much of Lauren’s Earthseed doctrine is rooted in adaptation. How can we learn from other species to adapt? What can we learn from plants, from Indigenous cultures, and from past ways of surviving?

Text-based Questions 
  • Example: When Lauren is preparing books to bring with her in case of an emergency, she says: “Even some fiction might be useful” (59). How does fiction help us survive uncertain times?
 Writing Prompts & Additional Resources



Includes all components of Unit Plan



Meet Our Content Creator


 Emily Schorr Lesnick (she/her) is a white facilitator and theater maker in Seattle, WA (Duwamish land). She has worked in independent schools as a teacher, student advocate, and administrator, for over 10 years. Emily's training is in educational theater and cultural studies. She is a member of GLSEN's Educator Advisory Committee and a co-creator of How We GLOW, a piece of interview theater exploring lgbtq+ youth identity that has been performed across the country and world. Emily’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, NBC News, Parent Map Magazine, ArtsPraxis Magazine, The Huffington Post, and NAIS Magazine and Blog. With Mary Padden, she co-curates an anti-racist accountability email protocol with hundreds of recipients, moving from optical allyship to ongoing co-liberation. She also offers courses on Anti-Racist SEL and White Anti-Racist Accountability through The Institute for Anti-Racist Education.