On whose shoulders do you stand? A lesson on poetry
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Slide 1: Tekstslide
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In deze les zitten 23 slides, met interactieve quizzen, tekstslides en 3 videos.
Lesduur is: 45 min
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Slide 1 - Tekstslide
In this lesson you are going to watch and analyse the poem spoken by Amanda Gorman at the inauguration of the American president Joe Biden.
Slide 2 - Tekstslide
After this lesson, you can
tell others about Amanda Gorman
tell others about her inaugurational poem
explain what occasional poetry is
explain why poetry is political
Now let's first meet Amanda Gorman in the following video:
Slide 3 - Tekstslide
Slide 4 - Video
Why was Amanda terrified to speak up in public?
She didn't think she had something interesting to say
She had difficulties pronouncing words
She was never taught to speak up
She wanted to do other things in life
Slide 5 - Quizvraag
Poetry is always political. What explanation does she give here?
The choice to make yourself heard is political
White men don't want to hear political poems. That's political
She doesn't say so. It depends on the subject you are writing about
Slide 6 - Quizvraag
Why are tyrants terrified of poets?
They write about things they don't believe in
They always oppose the ideas of the leaders
Poets can unite the population by writing about their thoughts and feelings
Slide 7 - Quizvraag
Amanda describes herself
“I grew up at this incredibly odd intersection in Los Angeles, where it felt like the Black ’hood met Black elegance met white gentrification met Latin culture met wetlands. Traversing between these worlds, either to go to a private school in Malibu, or then come back home to my family’s two-bedroom apartment, gave me an appreciation for different cultures and realities, but also made me feel like an outsider. I’m sure my single mother, Joan Wicks, might describe me as a precocious child (=a child who developed an ability at an earlier age than is usual or expected) , but looking back in elementary school I often self-described myself as a plain ‘weird’ child. I spent most of elementary school convinced that I was an alien. Literally.”
Slide 8 - Tekstslide
What do you think when you read about Amanda's childhood?
Slide 9 - Open vraag
What is occasional poetry?
Slide 10 - Open vraag
It's a very old tradition
many kings and queens asked poets to write poems about their triumphs
JF Kennedy and Barack Obama asked poets to write a poem for their inauguration
Ms Gorman was asked in December 2020
Slide 11 - Tekstslide
What elements would you put into this poem?
Slide 12 - Open vraag
The hill we climb
Before listening, read part 1 of the poem by opening the link below, :