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Danitra Brown Leaves Town
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This lesson provides teachers with support for using text-dependent questions to help students derive big ideas and key understandings while developing vocabulary from the series of poems, Danitra Brown Leaves Town. Danitra and Zuri are two city-girls and best friends, and Danitra goes away to her auntĺ䁥_s house for the summer. These poems tell a story about how the girls stayed in touch by writing letters to each other, and how they discovered that they could have fun apart from one another while still remaining friends.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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Basal Alignment Project
Provider Set:
Bogalusa District
Author:
Nikki Grimes
Date Added:
01/02/2014
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Gender Stereotypes
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This is an activity that leads students to reflect on how some gender stereotypes can affect their lives which are either held by people of their society or by themselves. For that, they can manifest their opinion about them in a poem. 

Subject:
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Zineb Lakkaichi
Date Added:
04/11/2020
Lunch Poems: Al Young
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California Poet Laureate Al Young has created a profound and enduring body of work that represents our time. Young's numerous publications in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and for the stage and screen explore the American, human condition through the lens of the individual voice. Tune in as he reads a selection of his Poems before a live audience at UC Berkeley. (28 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
01/17/2010
Lunch Poems: Amiri Baraka
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Revolutionary poet, playwright, and activist Amiri Baraka is recognized as the founder of the Black Arts Movement, a literary period that began in Harlem in the 1960s and forever changed the look, sound, and feel of American poetry. 26 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
04/15/2012
Lunch Poems: Arthur Sze
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Arthur Sze is an internationally known writer and celebrated translator. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Sze teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and is the first poet laureate of Santa Fe, where he resides. (29 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
04/26/2012
Lunch Poems: Barbara Guest
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Barbara Guest has published over ten volumes of poetry. One of the original members of the New York School of Poets, Guest reinvents herself with every book. Her recent titles include Miniatures and Other Poems, Rocks on a Platter, and Selected Poems. Charles Bernstein writes that Guest's works "have become an integral part of the fabric of contemporary American poetry." A graduate of UC Berkeley, Guest has been honored with the Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement by the Poetry Society of America. She resides in Berkeley. (28 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
03/14/2009
Lunch Poems: Clayton Eshelman Reads AimŽ CŽsaire
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Clayton Eshleman, American poet, translator, and editor, reads from his recently released translation "Solar Throat Slashed," by AimŽ CŽsaire, co-translated with A. James Arnold. CŽsaire, a strong anticolonialist, was born in the Caribbean and wrote his Poems and plays in French. (57 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
02/21/2002
Lunch Poems: Cornelius Eady
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Charismatic poet Cornelius Eady uses deft paradoxes to meet the world's absurdities head-on. In a powerful reading of his own work, Eady recites like a jazz singer croons, emphasizing his poetry's hard-hitting content. (28 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
10/07/2007
Lunch Poems: Dan Bellm
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Dan Bellm has published three books of poetry, including Practice, winner of a 2009 California Book Award and named one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of 2008 by the Virginia Quarterly Review. His first collection, One Hand on the Wheel, launched the California Poetry Series and his second, Buried Treasure, won the Poetry Society of AmericaŐs Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award. (29 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
04/20/2010
Lunch Poems: David St. John
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David St. John was widely praised and was a National Book Award finalist for Study for the World's Body. Recent books are The Red Leaves of Night from HarperPerennial and Prism from Arctos Press, and his newest, The Face , a book-length Poems. His image-rich work muses on both ecstasy and loss. (51 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
04/13/2008
Lunch Poems: Diane di Prima
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World-renowned poet Diane di Prima, one of the preeminent writers to emerge from the Beat generation, wrote in Manhattan for many years before relocating to San Francisco, where she has been for nearly four decades. Her 43 books of poetry and prose have been translated into over twenty languages. (29 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
05/06/2012
Lunch Poems: Dunya Mikhail
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Iraqi poet Dunya Mikhail immigrated to the United States in 1996 after increasing harassment over her poetry, which confronts war and exile with subversive depictions of suffering. In 2001 she was awarded the UN Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing. (28 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
04/24/2012
Lunch Poems: Eavan Boland
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Born in Dublin, Ireland, Eavan Boland is one of the foremost voices in Irish literature. Her ten volumes of poetry include Against Love Poetry, which was a New York Times notable book, and New Collected Poems. She is also a noted editor and translator. Her awards include a Lannan Foundation Award and an American Ireland Fund Literary Award. She is a professor of English and Creative Writing at Stanford University. (27 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
04/20/2010
Lunch Poems: Eugene Ostashevsky
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Born in St. Petersburg, Russia but raised in New York City, Eugene Ostashevsky is a poet, scholar and reckless metaphysician. A book of his poetry, The Off-Centaur, was published by Germ Folios, and his volume The Compleat Unraveller will be published in 2005 by Ugly Duckling Press. He is editor and co-translator of the forthcoming anthology, OBERIU and the Chinars: Russian Absurdism, 1927-1941. Ostashevsky won the 2003 Wytter Bynner Poetry Translation Fellowship for his translations from Russian. He teaches at NYU. (45 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
03/29/2009
Lunch Poems: Frank Paino
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"Seductive, edgy, gothic and sublime, these Poems haunt the body as much as the soul," wrote Beckian Fritz Goldberg of Frank Paino's second book, Out of Eden. Lynda Hull has said of his first book, The Rapture of Matter, "These fearless Poems go where they must with a visionary fervor, guiding the reader through the darkest passages of experience and reminding us of the best, most redemptive qualities of the human". Frank Paino was born in Cleveland in 1960 and lives in Berea, Ohio. He formerly published under the name Frankie Paino before changing genders. (29 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
01/22/2009
Lunch Poems: Gary Snyder
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Born in San Francisco in 1930, world-renowned poet, essayist, and environmentalist Gary Snyder has published sixteen books of poetry and prose, and received the Pulitzer Prize in 1974 for Turtle Island. Snyder has traveled widely and lived for extended periods of time in Japan, where he studied and practiced Rinzai Zen. He is currently a professor at University of California, Davis. (29 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
05/05/2011
Lunch Poems: Geoffrey G. OÕBrien
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Geoffrey G. OŐBrien is the author of ŇGreen and GrayÓ and ŇThe Guns and Flags Project,Ó and co-author of Ň2A.Ó His third collection, ŇMetropole,Ó is forthcoming from The University of California Press in 2011. (28 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
05/13/2010
Lunch Poems: Giovanni Singleton
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This reading celebrates the publication of "ascension," the first book of Poems by giovanni singleton, coordinator of Lunch Poems. She has recently been selected by the Poetry Society of America for its biennial New American Poets series. singleton is a recipient of a New Langton Bay Area Award Show for Literature and has been a fellow at Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Cave Canem: A Workshop for African-American Poets, and the Napa Valley WritersŐ Conference. She is founding editor of "nocturnes (re)view," a critically acclaimed journal dedicated to artists and writers of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces. (29 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
05/13/2002
Lunch Poems: Graham Foust
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Knoxville, Tennessee native Graham Foust is the author of four books of poetry: As in Every Deafness, Leave the Room to Itself, Necessary Stranger, and A Mouth in California. David Olsen says FoustŐs ŇPoems are carefully contained so that we can find a place in them.Ó He directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, CA.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
04/13/2009
Lunch Poems: Harryette Mullen
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Harryette Mullen admits to being "licked all over by the English tongue." Her fifth poetry collection, Sleeping with the Dictionary, published by UC Press, was a finalist for the National Book Award and for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry for its "gleeful pursuit of the ludic pleasure of word games." Her work combines the experimentation of the French OULIPO group with an American funk and political awareness. Mullen is associate professor of English and African American Studies at UCLA. Her other books include Muse & Drudge and Trimmings. (28 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
11/02/2008
Lunch Poems: Jessica Fisher
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Jessica Fisher's Frail-Craft was the winner of the prestigious 2006 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. She is a doctoral candidate in English at U.C. Berkeley and is coeditor, with Robert Hass, of The Addison Street Anthology, which chronicles Berkeley's rich poetic history. (27 minutes)

Subject:
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
05/13/2012
Lunch Poems: John Matthias
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Rich in its landscapes and its search for personal discovery, John MatthiasŐ poetry encompasses vast territories of history and culture. He has published more than twenty-five books, twelve of which are poetry, and is the editor of Notre Dame Review. This is his first visit to the west coast in over twenty-five years. (28 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
04/08/2012
Lunch Poems: Kick Off 2003
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A stellar range of campus figures read and discuss their favorite Poems. This year's line-up: Nezar Alsayyad (Architecture, Middle Eastern Studies), John Berry (Native American Studies), Frederick Dolan (Rhetoric), Elizabeth Dupuis (Doe Library), Jocelyne Guilbault (Music), Ray Lifchez (Architecture), Martha Olney (Economics), Christos Papadimitriou (Computer Science), Pablo Spiller (Haas School of Business), Steve Tollefson (College Writing). (58 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
01/13/2009
Lunch Poems: Kick Off 2004
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A range of Berkeley luminaries read and discuss their favorite Poems. This year's line-up: Barbara Ertter (Jepson Herbarium), H. Mack Horton (East Asian Languages), Amy Kautzman (Doe Library), Elaine Kim (Ethnic Studies), Ray Lifchez (Architecture), Cam Nguyet Nguyen (Southeast Asian Studies), Bob Osserman (Mathematical Science Research Center), Laura Perez (Chicano Studies), John Prausnitz (Chemical Engineering), and Frank Worrell (Education). (59 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
10/12/2008
Lunch Poems: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
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A prominent figure in the wide-open poetry movement of the 50s, Lawrence Ferlinghetti gave voice to a generation that changed the face of poetry forever. Challenging the elite's definition of art and the artist's role, Ferlinghetti founded City Lights Bookstore, providing a meeting place for writers, artists, and intellectuals for over a half century. Ferlinghetti's A Coney Island of the Mind continues to be the most popular poetry book in the United States. His most recent work, Americus Book I was published by New Directions in 2004. Tune in for this reading before a live audience at UC Berkeley. (28 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
01/24/2010
Lunch Poems: Li-Young Lee
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World-acclaimed young poet Li Young Lee fuses memory, family, culture, and history in his work. Meditating on the vulnerability of humanity, Lee produces passionate and profound lyrical poetry. (28 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
World Cultures
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
09/16/2007
Lunch Poems: Lisa Chen
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Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Lisa Chen earned a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA from the University of Iowa. Her debut collection of poetry, mouth, received a 2009 award from the Association for Asian American Studies. Sesshu Foster says that ChenŐs work Ňstartles with soulful complexity.Ó (28 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
04/27/2009
Lunch Poems: Lyn Hejinian
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Lyn Hejinian is the author or co-author of 14 books of poetry, including most recently "My Life in the Nineties" and "The Fatalist," as well as the award-winning "My Life." Poetry Flash has described My Life as a work that has "real, almost hypnotic power, obvious intelligence, and [is] astonishingly beautiful." (36 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
04/20/2008
Lunch Poems: Maxine Hong Kingston
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Maxine Hong Kingston burst on the literary scene in 1976 with her book, "The Woman Warrior". A UC Berkeley graduate and professor, she has delighted audiences with books such as "China Men" and "Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book". In recent years she has started to write more poetry, including "To Be the Poet" from Harvard University Press. (55 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
04/13/2008
Lunch Poems: Mei-mei Berssenbrugge
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Born in Beijing, China, and raised in Massachusetts, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge molds language with seemingly effortless beauty and grace that invites the reader on a journey between worlds. She has published three books of poetry. Her selected Poems, "I Love Artists," is forthcoming from UC Press (April, 2006). Tune is as she reads a selection of her Poems before a live audience at UC Berkeley. (28 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
04/25/2010
Lunch Poems: Michael S. Harper
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Poet Michael Harper makes a rare West Coast appearance for this installment from the Lunch Poems series. Harper has published over ten books of poetry, including Songlines in Michaeltree: New and Collected Poems and his book Dear John, Dear Coltrane was nominated for the National Book Award. (58 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
01/27/2008
Lunch Poems: Monica de la Torre
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Born in Mexico City, Monica de la Torre came to the United States in 1993 on a Fulbright scholarship to study at Columbia University. Her poetry explores with great depth both the boundaries and the permeability of imposed identity, combining a playful use of form and dry humor with a hint of hopefulness. (28 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
04/22/2012
Lunch Poems: Natasha Trethewey
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Natasha Trethewey is author of Native Guard, for which she won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize; BellocqŐs Ophelia, named a 2003 Notable Book by the American Library Association; and Domestic Work, selected by Rita Dove for the inaugural Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She received the 2008 Mississippi Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts for Poetry. Currently, she is Professor of English and Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair in Poetry at Emory University. (28 minutes)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
04/20/2010
Lunch Poems: Richard O. Moore
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At nearly 90 years old, Richard Moore is the last of the legendary San Francisco Renaissance poets. Arriving in 1934, he was among the many ŽmigrŽs to California during the Great Depression. His debut collection Writing the Silences marks his reemergence into today's literary world.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
U.C. Berkeley
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
02/18/2010