Lesson 1 (from Part 1)
Brown Girl Dreaming is a memoir written in verse by American author Jacqueline Woodson. The poems that comprise the memoir are written largely in free verse and relate the poet’s experiences growing up as an African American during the Civil Rights Movement. Objectives for this lesson include introducing students to poetic form and free verse, researching author Jacqueline Woodson, and discussing reasons the author chose to relate her memoir through poetry.
Class Discussion: Introduce students to Brown Girl Dreaming. As a class, define “memoir,” “verse,” “prose,” and “free verse.” Why do you think the author chose to relate her story through poetry? How does this style of memoir differ from what you’ve read before? How does free verse differ from blank verse?
Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each. As a group, read the first poem from Part 1 of Brown Girl...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
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