6 Prompting Questions for Student Engagement – Lesson Plan Activities

Authors: Mary Beth Cancienne, Hayes Davis, Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Brian Hannon, T.J. Hendrix

Target Group: Middle School (7th-8th grade)

Originally from Food for Bonding, Food for Resistance Unit Plan

Whole class reading of “My Resistance is Black” by DéLana R.A. Dameron (from Furious Flower 2019, p. 187)

Level One

What perspective is this poem being told from?

What are some of the things that are mentioned in the poem?

What words are repeated in the poem?

Level Two

What greater historical event is this poem connected to? How do you know?

Why does Dameron repeat the phrase “some body?”

What affect does the separation of somebody into a phrase, “some body,” add to the meaning of the poem?

What other poetic devices does Dameron use?

Level Three

In what ways is this poem about unsung heroes?

Can you relate to the speaker of this poem? How or why?

Have you ever worked behind the scenes on a project, performance, or event? Where you recognized for your efforts? Who was most celebrated?

Whole Group Activity – Connect Back to Holnes Poem (“Bread Pudding Grandmamma,” pp. 47-48)

Room Split Exercise Guiding Questions

  • Which poem resonates strongly with you? Students will silently choose a side and physically move to that side of the room.
  • Why? Students will discuss why once they have gathered into their groups

Mini-Discussion Questions

Level One

Who is the speaker in both poems? Do they have anything in common?

How are the two poems structurally different?

What are some commonalities in each of the poems?

Level Two

What are some common themes found in each poem?

How do the authors use diction differently or similarly in their poems?

Do the authors use the same literary devices in their poems?

Level Three

How do the ideas found in these poems represent greater ideas of concepts?

It what way do each of the poems represent a process? How does the author present a greater idea through these processes?


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The Furious Flower Syllabus Project: Opening the World of Black Poetry Copyright © 2024 by Anastacia-Reneé; allia abdullah-matta; Ariana Benson; Mary Beth Cancienne; Teri Ellen Cross Davis; Shameka Cunningham; Hayes Davis; Tyree Daye; Angel C. Dye; Brian Hannon; T.J. Hendrix; DaMaris B. Hill; Meta DuEwa Jones; Shauna M. Morgan; Adrienne Danyelle Oliver; Leona Sevick; James Smethurst; Dana A. Williams; L. Lamar Wilson; Carmin Wong; Dave Wooley; and Joanne V. Gabbin (preface) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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