If I should have a daughter

1 / 20
Slide 1: Interactive video with 19 slides
EngelsMiddelbare schoolvwoLeerjaar 4

This lesson contains 20 slides, with interactive quizzes, text slides and 1 video.

time-iconLesson duration is: 60 min

Items in this lesson


Slide 1 - Video

Why does Sarah write poems?

Slide 2 - Open question

What is spoken word poetry?

Slide 3 - Open question

Sarah’s first poem was indignant, what does that mean, and why did she write it that way?

Slide 4 - Open question

What are the first two steps of starting to write spoken word poetry?

Slide 5 - Open question

What does Sarah use poetry for?

Slide 6 - Open question

What does Project Voice do?

Slide 7 - Open question

By making lists and comparing them with those that others have made, what can you discover?

Slide 8 - Open question

Do you know who Anderson Cooper is? What did you learn about him?

Slide 9 - Open question

Why does Sarah teach spoken word poetry?

Slide 10 - Open question

Explain step three

Slide 11 - Open question

Why do “they” have to meet her mother?

Slide 12 - Open question

How does she want her daughter to look at the world? What does she mean by that?

Slide 13 - Open question

Why does she compare her daughter to a superhero?

Slide 14 - Open question

What lessons does Sarah want to teach her daughter?

Slide 15 - Open question

Because there's nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it's sent away. You will put the win in win some, lose some. You will put the star in starting over, and over. And no matter how many land mines erupt in a minute, be sure your mind lands on the beauty of this funny place called life. And yes, on a scale from one to over-trusting, I am pretty damn naive. But I want her to know that this world is made out of sugar. It can crumble so easily, but don't be afraid to stick your tongue out and taste it.

"Baby," I'll tell her, "remember, your momma is a worrier, and your poppa is a warrior, and you are the girl with small hands and big eyes who never stops asking for more." Remember that good things come in threes and so do bad things. Always apologize when you've done something wrong, but don't you ever apologize for the way your eyes refuse to stop shining. Your voice is small, but don't ever stop singing. And when they finally hand you heartache, when they slip war and hatred under your door and offer you handouts on street-corners of cynicism and defeat, you tell them that they really ought to meet your mother. 

Slide 16 - Slide

But that's what the rain boots are for, because rain will wash away everything, if you let it. I want her to look at the world through the underside of a glass-bottom boat, to look through a microscope at the galaxies that exist on the pin-point of a human mind, because that's the way my mom taught me. That there'll be days like this. 

There'll be days like this, my momma said. When you open your hands to catch and wind up with only blisters and bruises; when you step out of the phone booth and try to fly and the very people you want to save are the ones standing on your cape; when your boots will fill with rain, and you'll be up to your knees in disappointment. And those are the very days you have all the more reason to say thank you. 

Slide 17 - Slide


So the first time she realizes that Wonder Woman isn't coming, I'll make sure she knows she doesn't have to wear the cape all by herself,  because no matter how wide you stretch your fingers, your hands will always be too small to catch all the pain you want to heal. Believe me, I've tried. 
"And, baby," I'll tell her, don't keep your nose up in the air like that. I know that trick; I've done it a million times. You're just smelling for smoke so you can follow the trail back to a burning house, so you can find the boy who lost everything in the fire to see if you can save him. Or else find the boy who lit the fire in the first place, to see if you can change him.
 But I know she will anyway, so instead I'll always keep an extra supply of chocolate and rain boots nearby, because there is no heartbreak that chocolate can't fix. Okay, there's a few that chocolate can't fix.

Slide 18 - Slide

If I should have a daughter
If I should have a daughter, instead of "Mom," she's going to call me "Point B," because that way she knows that no matter what happens, at least she can always find her way to me.
And I'm going to paint solar system on the backs of her hands so she has to learn the entire universe before she can say, "Oh, I know that like the back of my hand."
And she's going to learn that this life will hit you hard in the face, wait for you to get back up just so it can kick you in the stomach. But getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air. There is hurt, here, that cannot be fixed by Band-Aids or poetry. 

Slide 19 - Slide

What is the message Sarah wants to convey through her poem Hiroshima?

Slide 20 - Open question