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Lift As You Climb: Be an Activist, Write a Poem

Patricia will introduce herself as a dancer/storyteller-turned writer; guide students to write their own simple poems about themselves, using the poetry of Lift As You Climb: The Story of Ella Baker and Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker as models. We will discuss the question: What do you hope to accomplish? (for 1st – 5th grades; another version for 6th-12th grades)

Patricia Hruby Powell

45 Minute Program

 

$300


With the aid of a powerpoint and many visuals, Patricia will model aspects of poetry such as repetition, alliteration, and rhythm (also rhyme), using two picture book biographies. Students should have a means to write notes to themselves (paper and pencil). Together author and students will start poems to be finished later. Patricia, with images, will ask students what they care about and guide them to be activists--Earth, BLM, plastic-reduction, recycling, cosmetic reform, etc. Older students can begin writing poems about what excites them about social and Earth justice.

About the Author

Patricia Hruby Powell, formerly a dancer, storyteller, and librarian, is the author of four Junior Library Guild Selections. “Your modeled lessons will help me in my future writing classes.” “You are a dynamic speaker.” “Your energy and creativity lifted us.”

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