National Poetry Month: Langston Hughes’s ASK YOUR MAMA and Soundtrack

Suggested audience: High schoolers, their families, and educatorsSubject areas: Fine Arts, Language Arts (book incorporates Spanish and French idioms), Social Studies (many figures from and music and locations of the Black Diaspora, US history)Creative Teaching strategy discussed: Soundtrack Background about ASK YOUR MAMA: 12 Moods for Jazz Langston Hughes's ASK YOUR MAMA: 12 Moods for … Continue reading National Poetry Month: Langston Hughes’s ASK YOUR MAMA and Soundtrack

National Poetry Month: Image Capture Strategy Application

Strategy: Image CaptureAudience: 4th grade and upParticipants: This activity is for two or more people Instructions: Read this excerpt from the book, Rebound, by Kwame Alexander: Sometimes, I wishI was a superhero,superflylike QuicksilverSpeed-racingdown the courtsleek as a sports carfaster than NASCAR,leaving all my sadnessin the dust—far,far awayfrom now.Wish I could soarscorethrow downa monster dunklike I … Continue reading National Poetry Month: Image Capture Strategy Application

National Poetry Month: Art Talk Strategy Application

Strategy: Art TalkAudience: Upper elementary students and families, teachersParticipants: This activity is for three to eight people Observation Challenge: Look deeply at the image below. Answer these questions to start to think deeply about this image: What do you see? What shapes, colors, lines?How does this image make you feel?What does this image remind you … Continue reading National Poetry Month: Art Talk Strategy Application

National Poetry Month: Idea and Movement Strategy Application

Strategy: Idea and MovementAudience: Students and families, teachersParticipants: This activity is for two or more people Instructions: Gestures are made with our fingers, hands, and arms and communicate a clear idea. Choose one line of a poem that you love. Read that line over and over and talk about it with a caregiver or a … Continue reading National Poetry Month: Idea and Movement Strategy Application