The 2010 English Literature and Composition poetry prompt was an analysis of Marilyn Nelson Waniek’s poem, “The Century Quilt.” This poem weaves a narrative about a quilt depicts the poet’s family history and heritage. The resource helps the students understand the structure and context of the poem.
Students will view supporting video and audio clips on understanding quilting in several forms. There is a link to a Ted Talk on quilts and the history of lynching. There is a “This I Believe” audio essay on weaving quilts of handwritten letters. The resource links to NPR stories on the AIDS quilts and a biography on quilt artist Faith Ringgold. A link to a 25-minute film adaptation of Alice Walker’s story, “Everyday Use” is included. Students will have an opportunity to make a collaborative class paper quilt.
The lessons feature links to the 2010 AP English Literature prompt on poetry, student and teacher-made Prezis on the topic, and a teacher-made PowerPoint that is useful for helping students craft a thesis sentence for the essay. A link to the essay website has student samples, commentary on the samples, rubric, and Q/A on the intent of the prompt from the Chief Reader. Instructions and strategies are included on how to teach a SIFT analysis and hold an inner and outer Socratic Circle.
These lessons prepare students for AP exams; Common Core extended response assessments; American Literature Course exams; the SAT and ACT essay; and critical thinking activities. An addendum describes how to adapt the lessons for ELL students. A Flipped Classroom explanation is included.
Summer 2017 Additions: Adding 2 more days of lessons, many resource videos on aspects of poetry analysis, TED TALK, Prezi and PPT on creating thesis, fixed links