Friday, April 29 • 1:15pm - 2:15pm
"What You Have Heard is True": Teaching Poems of Witness in the High School Classroom FILLING

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In light of racial & social justice issues that have occurred in Sanford, Florida, Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore, Maryland & elsewhere, poetry of witness continues to thrive under heated political & social climates involving young people as reactions & activism reach public presentation. By examining & discussing poems of witness, past and present, through writing exercises and hands-on activities we can learn to broaden our discussion with youth & further consider developing tolerance & positive activism within the classroom & beyond. Participants will receive a full packet with poem copies, lesson plans, & articles.

Poems for Discussion:
  • The Colonel by Carolyn Forche (1981) 
  • Otherness by Tony Brown (2015) 
  • Still I Rise by Maya Angelou (1978)
  • Accountability by Paul Laurence Dunbar 
  • Political Poem (for Basil) by Amiri Baraka (1995)

Friday April 29, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm EDT
Hawthorne Pickman Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970