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Students explore the concept of poetry through movement and song. They watch Lucille Clifton read her poem, and write their own poem.
Learners complete a variety of activities related to the book "My Friend Jacob" by Lucille Clifton. They complete a graphic organizer web about friendship qualities, and participate in a discussion about friendship. In small groups they create a commercial about friends, and complete journal entries about point of view.
Show young poets how to use the main idea and voice to determine the theme of a poem. Model the steps using Listen Children. Lucille Clifton’s This Morning provides guided practice. Finally, class members use Nikki Giovanni’s Legacies for independent practice. Teacher and student materials are included; sign up for a free account to view them full size.
In this spelling of plurals worksheet, students correct any incorrect spellings of plurals they see in the sentences. Students complete 11 problems total.
Twelfth graders imagine themselves living in a different world and attempt to see themselves in the world differently.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 4 short answer and essay questions based on the poem "homage to my hips."
Twelfth graders read the poem "Man and Wife" and then write their own poem that uses two perspectives.
Seventh graders describe an event, a situation, etc. through the eyes of two people or two inanimate objects.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 3 short answer and essay questions based on themes of appearance in "homage to my hips." Students may also complete their choice of 3 reading activities suggested.
In this reading comprehension instructional activity, students respond to 4 short answer and essay questions based on themes of women and femininity in "homage to my hips." Students may also complete their choice of 3 reading activities suggested.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 4 short answer and essay questions based on themes in "Homage to my Hips." Students may also complete their choice of 3 reading activities suggested.
For this reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 3 short answer and essay questions based on themes of strength and skill in "homage to my hips." Students may also complete their choice of 3 reading activities suggested.
Try out a packet of poetry materials to kick-start a poetry unit. Made up of poetry written by black poets, this resource provides three themed sections (family and friends, sports, and dreams) that can be used however you see fit. Each section includes a main poem, background information about the topic and poem, discussion questions, activities, and additional poems that relate to the theme of the section.
From Seth Abramson to Fay Zwicky, from William Shakespeare and William Butler Yeats to Monica Youn and Al Young. If you’re looking for poems and/or poets, chances are this free resource, designed for your smart phone or tablet, has what you’re looking for—and it’s updated monthly.
In these poetry writing worksheets, students learn the power of words and the ability of the poet to say a great deal with a few well-chosen words. Students learn the 3 pillars of poetry: Emotion (makes you feel something), Image (makes you see something) and Music (makes you hear the music of the words.) Students read samples of adult and child poetry that illustrate each of these important pillars of poetry in readiness for writing on their own.
Students explore African-American students literature as an integral building block in empowering all students to a better awareness when reading and writing. They use as a productive Social Studies tool for overall understanding of the culture.
Students are introduced to various time periods in history in which African Americans wrote songs and poetry to cope. In groups, they travel between different stations to listen or read poems and music from the Civil War period, Civil Rights Movement, etc. For each poem or music, they answer discussion questions and write their own poem appropriate for the time period.
Are you working on an autobiographical or narrative writing unit? Bring this lesson to your class, as it takes young writers through the process of drafting and sequencing an autobiography. After observing and demonstrating steps of the writing process, they read and discuss examples of poetry, and write a letter to themselves. Additional activities include reading a passage from a memoir, creating a friendship graffiti wall, and writing about an adventure.
Elementary students explore African American culture by reading children's poetry. They read the book, The Palm of My Heart which features poetry by an assortment of young African American boys and girls. Students define several vocabulary terms from the book and answer study questions based on the poems and book.
Third graders examine various stories and poems and identify characteristics that make each individual unique. After analyzing the readings, they create their own personality poems to accompany self-portrait drawings. The poems and drawings are mounted on construction paper and displayed in the classroom.

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