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Ms. Secrest
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households
  • 6 donors
  • $0 still needed

Using Poetry Books to Learn About Diversity and Acceptance

My students need poetry books by different authors, including Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Shell Silverstein and Naomi Shihab Nye, as a way to learn about themselves and others.

My Students

My students are ninth graders in English Nine for the first time and eleventh/twelfth graders in a remediation class. A few of the ninth graders read on grade level but many have developed an identity as readers. The eleventh/twelfth graders have failed the state test multiple times and are in the remediation class to focus on basic skills required for graduation.

My students set and achieve goals in order to succeed in high school.

Those in ninth grade work hard to earn a high school diploma, as well as keeping their sights on careers and college for life after high school. My students in the remediation class will need to balance short and long-term goals as they work towards passing the state test and finalize plans for careers and college.

My Project

I became interested in using poetry to study different cultures after we read "Theme for English B" by Langston Hughes. In this poem, the speaker addresses the similarities and differences between himself and his teacher. This poem opened the door to conversations about race because our classroom mirrors that of the poet in "Theme for English B."

One student, after a discussion about the poem's theme of diversity, shared that "everyone wants to belong and as long as someone accepts you for you, no matter your color, you belong".

Studying these texts will allow students to learn about themselves and others. I selected authors and titles based on the cultures of my students. I included two copies of certain titles, so students can follow along while another student reads the poem aloud. Students will use the sorting rings to organize their notes to compare and contrast themes, text evidence, and figurative language. In addition to being the foundation of my poetry unit, these books will be available for students in the classroom library.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Life Doesn't Frighten Me • Amazon Business $14.73 2 $29.46
American Negro Poetry: An Anthology (American Century) • Amazon Business $12.28 2 $24.56
Where the Sidewalk Ends Special Edition with 12 Extra Poems: Poems and Drawings • Amazon Business $11.26 2 $22.52
Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid • Amazon Business $10.87 2 $21.74
Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry • Amazon Business $18.69 1 $18.69
Post-it Notes, Canary Yellow, 3" x 3", 12/Pk • Staples Advantage $14.99 1 $14.99
Learning Advantage 7102 Student Sorting Circles, Grade: 1 to 3 (Pack of 15) • Amazon Business $14.01 1 $14.01
How to Read a Poem: Based on the Billy Collins Poem "Introduction to Poetry": (Field Guide Series) • Amazon Business $13.95 1 $13.95
How to Write a Poem: Based on the Billy Collins Poem "Introduction to Poetry" • Amazon Business $13.46 1 $13.46
Bronzeville Boys and Girls • Amazon Business $6.29 2 $12.58
Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices • Amazon Business $5.92 2 $11.84
When My Brother Was an Aztec • Amazon Business $11.14 1 $11.14
Nature Poem • Amazon Business $10.97 1 $10.97
Selected Poems • Amazon Business $10.54 1 $10.54
The Rose That Grew From Concrete • Amazon Business $8.63 1 $8.63
Sharpie Accent Highlighters, Fluorescent Green, Dozen • Staples Advantage $4.19 2 $8.38
My Own True Name: New and Selected Poems for Young Adults (Pinata Books for Young Adults) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
A Maze Me: Poems for Girls • Amazon Business $6.03 1 $6.03
Staples Yellow Pencils, No. 2, Soft, 12/Pk • Staples Advantage $0.64 8 $5.12

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