Lucille Clifton Teacher Resources
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Won't You Celebrate With Me: The Joy of Lucille Clifton
Students explore the concept of poetry through movement and song. They watch Lucille Clifton read her poem, and write their own poem.
A Poem's Theme
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.
Friendships and Differences
Students 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.
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.
The Power of Line Break; The Power of Perspective
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.
New! Dream in Color
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.
Introduction to Poetry Part I-- The Three Pillars of Poetry
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.
Celebrate A People!
Learners explore African-American students literature as an integral building block in empowering all learners to a better awareness when reading and writing. They use as a productive Social Studies tool for overall understanding of the culture.
African American Poetry: Songs of Protest and Pride
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.
Writing and Autobiography
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.
The Palm of My Heart: Poetry By African American Children
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.
Children's Literature and African American Culture
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.
American Women Who Shaped the Civil Rights Movement Explored Through the Literature of Eloise Greenfield
Examine the women who contributed to the Civil Rights movement. In groups, children read excerpts of writings from Eloise Greenfield and research the women she mentions using the internet. To end the lesson, they create a timeline of events based on the information they gathered.
In My Own Voice
Students engage in a language arts instructional activity in order to appreciate the study of names. They investigate the significance of a name to the owner. Students research the origins of their own name and state how it reflects their personality.
My Life Story
Fourth graders gather information about themselves and create a autobiography.
Images of Black Women in Drama
Learners examine different portrayals of African American women in poems and plays. Individually, they identify the character they want to play and reject the others. After acting out the scene, they hopefully realize that their present behavior might need to be changed to lead a successful life. They write in their journals throughout the role-playing sessions.
Promoting Diversity in Elementary School Curricula
Students discover the roles played by various racial, ethnic and religious groups in the development of American society. They explore the concept of racial and cultural diversity and global community, as these are joined by economic, political and cultural concerns.
Economy vs. Humanity
Ninth graders examine the American Slave Trade. For this World History lesson, 9th graders analyze photos of the Middle Passage. Students read an account of a person on one of the Middle Passage voyages.