May 1, 2020

Thank you for spending the month of April on poetry with me.

As a bonus, below are resources that inspired me to expand my views of what poetry is, who can be a poet,  what poets can talk about, where poets find ideas, and more!

The Poetry of Hip-Hop: A Playlist For Your Classroom

  • Britannica Digital Learning, April 18, 2018
  • “Expand literacy through rap music with a 1-hour playlist that’s squeaky clean for classroom listening.”
  • Includes a Spotify sample list, a description of each song included, and an interview between Neil De Grasse Tyson and GZA of Wu Tang Clan.
  • Top quote: “Your life is dependent on your relationship with words,”-Newbery honoree Jason Reynolds.

Everything is Everything: A Tween Looks for Positive Messages in Songs

  • Sara Sarasohn, January 12, 2011, “The Record” on NPR.com
  • The author’s son “came home from sixth grade with a homework assignment about pop music.”

Tolerance.org Resource: “Window or Mirror?”

  • An activity asking students to evaluate whether texts are a mirror, reflecting their experience, or a window into others’ experiences.
  • Based on ideas in the the essay “Curriculum As Window and Mirror”.
    • Curriculum As Window and Mirror. Emily Style Social Science Record, Fall, 1996. First published in Listening for All Voices, Oak Knoll Schoolmonograph, Summit, NJ, 1988.
    • The National SEED Project – http://www.nationalseedproject.org

National Poetry Month on The Academy of American Poets website

  • Almost all of the poetry you could want, catalogued, categorized, and cross-referenced.

•Books: Hip Hop Speaks to Children and Out of Wonder

 

 

 

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