Kind of Activity:
to engage creatively with the text to prepare them to engage with its thematic elements and overall form
Common Core Standards:
On page 5 of the introduction, Shange discusses an exercise that she performed with her class at Sonoma State University. Divide the students into pairs so they can do this exercise themselves. Each student will consider their partner and imagine who they might have been at a different time in history. They will compose a short poem about this alternate life of their partner. Let them know their work does not need to be technically precise, but that...
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