Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Poetica Dramatica Project

Students perform "Homage To My Hips" by Lucille Clifton

Over the course of 17 classes students read over 50 poems, form precision poetry drill teams and choose poems to re-arrange, memorize, choreograph, and perform. Teams incorporate solos, unison lines, body strikes, choreography, dynamics, and tempo changes. This is more than a poetry reading. Teams transform their poems into performance pieces. It's more like a concert than a reading: loud, energized teams perform poetry with a focus on the sound and rhythm of their pieces. The essential question for the project is: How can analyzing and remixing poetry lead to a better understanding of self and society?

Poetica Dramatica Daily Plans

Poetica Dramatic Poetry Packet (doc)

Poetica Dramatica Poetry Packet (pdf)

(below are handouts, videos, and audio files to accompany lessons)

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Unpacking Casual Offenses In Class

"You're such a bitch," T said to another male student in class.

"What was that?" I asked.

"Nothing. I just called him a girl," T said.

"First, you said 'bitch' but lets just put aside, and talk about the fact that you equated being a bitch, an animal, not a human, to being a girl. So girls aren't people?"

"No. I didn't mean that. I just meant, you know, he's like a girl."

"Let's unpack that."

Several students perked up. They'd seen this happen before. They'd seen people called out on casually offensive statements.