The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander; illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Two of America’s finest artists, Kwame and Kadir, showcase with power and breathtaking beauty that Black Lives Matter. Through poetry and illustrations, Black lives from past to present are richly documented –and celebrated. In fewer than 250 words, The Undefeated captures the heart of a fighting spirit and unwavering hopefulness. This Caldecott winner is ripe for researching Black figures and sparking courageous conversations to facilitate equity.
Mark off 100, 200, and 400 meters so that students can run the same events that Wilma Rudolph and Jesse Owens ran in the Olympics.
Who are “the Undefeated”? Why did the author decide to give that name to his book?
Why is it important to talk together about painful pieces of our country’s past and present?
The phrase “Black Lives Matter” is in these pages -have you heard this before? What does it mean?
How many times can you find a word that begins with the prefix “un”-like unforgettable? How does this compare to the folk song “We Shall Not be Moved?”
What does the author mean when he says,“this is for...the ones who survived America by any means necessary?”
Did you notice the tears in the children’s eyes in the final illustration? How do the seven faces match up with the text “This is for us.” What do you think each child might be thinking or feeling in the picture?