We Wear the Mask Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan will help students determine the author's messages and interpret his point of view as they read the poem 'We Wear the Mask: Summary, Analysis, and Theme' by Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Learning Objective

Upon completion of this lesson on 'We Wear the Mask: Summary, Analysis, and Theme' by Paul Laurence Dunbar, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate the themes of the poem and explain how they interact with each other.
  • Interpret irony to analyze the author's point of view.


120 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.


Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement).


  • Copies of 'We Wear the Mask: Summary, Analysis, and Theme' by Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Plastic face forms
  • Acrylic paint
  • Clay
  • Paint brushes
  • Markers

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