Students will write their reactions to Countee Cullen’s poem “Yet Do I Marvel” and Claude McKay’s poem “If We Must Die”
: mimeograph copies of Countee Cullen’s “Yet Do I Marvel” and Claude McKay’s “If We Must Die.”
: Give students copies of the two poems. Then allow them 20 minutes to write brief reactions. Have students read their reactions out loud. Comment when necessary. Explain to students that “If We Must Die” wasn’t just intended for Negroes but for all downtrodden people.
: Have students check their reaction papers for grammatical errors before handing them in the next day.