Black History Month : Poetry: Praise Song For The Day Inaugural Poem: No Prep!
***A Complete Print-and-Teach Lesson created by Maryann Saylor - Secondary Strategies***
Celebrate Black History Month by Analyzing the Inaugural Poem for President Obama’s 2009 Inauguration.
When President Obama took the oath of office in January 2009, he made history by becoming the first African American president of the United States. When Elizabeth Alexander read the poem she had written for President Obama’s inauguration, she too made history as the fourth poet and the second African American woman to be called upon to write and then deliver a poem for a new president. “Praise Song For The Day” is an ideal inaugural poem for students to study. Not too long and not too complex, students will be able to use higher order thinking skills to analyze the poem’s themes, images, ideas, and tone as this lesson guides them through the poem stanza by stanza.
This lesson includes:
1. Lesson Planning Guide with Essential Question, links to the poem online, and Step-by Step procedures for teaching the lesson.
2. Additional Resources to Support This Lesson: An annotated list of 6 articles, audio interviews, biographies that I have vetted for you, each with a MY INPUT rating and suggestions for use.
3. Student handouts:
- p. 1: Before Reading: Connect to your Life, Clichés in writing, and A Brief History of Praise Songs
- p. 2: connect with the Author, NPR.org interview with Melissa Block (with Writing Response), and Elizabeth Alexander Biography.
- pp. 3 & 4: 18, Stanza-by Stanza analysis questions with room for responses.
4. Objective Summary
5. Three different Constructed Responses: (Use one or more or offer a choice to students): Inference, Theme, Tone/Mood
6. 2 different Constructed Response Rubrics: One with PreWriting and Fast Draft and one without these two elements.
7. Short Answer responses: All three constructed response questions on one page with room for short answers.
8. Answer Keys (4 pages)
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