Working with activist Darcy Ottey and Methow Arts teaching poet Cindy Williams Gutiérrez, 9th graders at Liberty Bell High School explored the meaning of justice and how it could be enhanced in their lives, school, community, and country.
They examined the American Dream from multiple perspectives: the Founding Fathers, Chief Joseph, Martin Luther King Jr., the DACA Dreamers, and their own. Using Langston Hughes’ poem “Let America Be America Again” as a springboard, students wrote their own poems of a “just” America. Students will read their poems aloud during a free virtual event presented by Methow Arts and the Methow Valley School District on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
In this poetry residency, students learned what a poem of witness is and how to write one, as well as what anaphora is (the repetition of a word or phrase) and how to use it in a poem. Additional residency goals included: nurturing empathy, curiosity, and connection across difference; increasing students’ capacity for self-reflection and the ability to hold tension and contradiction as they apply moral reasoning; and developing a deeper understanding of the social fabric of the United States, and some of the history that has led to some of the unrest and division we see now.
Join the poetry reading HERE at 1:50pm on Tue April 20.
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