FROM BLACK POETRYTO OUR POETRYA poetry project at senior high school of Neos Skopos, Serres 1 Thekla Kafkia
February: in the US & Canada,October: in the United Kingdom 2
(ΦΕΚ 1868 Γ2/3994/11-10-99)main aim of the curriculum:•to develop learners’ communicativeability so that they are able torespond effectively to variouscommunicative situations in theirpresent and future personal,academic, and professional lives 3
To fulfill this aim Ss are expected to be able to:• produce meaningful written and oral speech of communicative value• develop their sociolinguistic ability• understand and use paralinguistic and extra- linguistic features of communication & communication strategies• to pursue goals they themselves set and value 4• enhance their lifelong learning skills and strategies
• raise their multicultural awareness to live harmoniously in contemporary multicultural, multilingual societies• broaden their world knowledge• increase their critical thinking and analysis abilities 5
1st class session Pre-reading:• whole class discussion on “Black History” & its celebration• Ss in groups search biographical data of poets (Maya Angelou, James Weldon Johnson, Gwendolyn Bennett, Kalamu Ya Salaam) on the internet & present results in class 6
2nd, 3rd , 4th & 5th class sessions While-reading: Poems we read:• Equality (Maya Angelou)• Still I rise (Maya Angelou)• I know why the caged bird sings (Maya Angelou)• To America (James Weldon Johnson) 7
Poems we read:• Heritage (Gwendolyn Bennett)• Advice (Gwendolyn Bennett)• Even death will not stop me from struggling (Kalamu Ya Salaam) 8
3-stage framework used for each of the poemssample pre-reading activities:•Ss get all words used in the poem in alphabetical order andspot words that make an impression to them, make connectionsbetween them to find main ideas.•Ss get jumbled lines try to put them in order•Ss brainstorm on anticipated ideas involved in poem based onthe titlesample while-reading activities:•Ss read poems and talk about images, feelings•Ss interpret meaning from context (who is the charactertalking, to whom, what is s/he talking about, why etc.) post-reading activities: language work (match words to 9definitions, cloze texts with words from poem etc.)
6th class session Post-reading:Group Poetry writing in classPoems on class notice board 10
project evaluation successful:• aims were met:o Ss’ multicultural awarenesso Ss’ world knowledgeo Ss’ critical thinking and analysis abilities• a glimpse of the world of poetry• a glimpse of the world of black poetry• a chance to think about human rights, civil 14 rights and freedom
“Freedom is never given; it is won”A. Philip Randolph (1889 – May 16, 1979) 15
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