A poem from My Song Is A Piece Of Jade (20); “Songs of Birds”
My Song Is A Piece Of Jade (20) - - Tollan, (A place called Tollan is Tula today. It is located in the high central plain of Mexico, north of Mexico City) “Songs Of Birds” - - foams, intoxicated.
The poems speak about birds that are rare and beautiful with colors.
1. Read and discuss the poems in class. Begin by giving a brief summary found in the appendix section. Show pictures of birds from paintings or crafts from Mexico. Ask questions such as: My Song Is a Piece of Jade (20)- - What colors were the birds? What color do you think the poet waseferring to when he said the birds had breasts of fire?; “Songs Of Birds” - - What season do you think the poet was referring to in the poem? When do the birds come?
2. The children will write a summary, illustrate their poetry sheets and attach them to their books.
3. Plan an art lesson. Show bark with paintings of birds. Have the children paint pictures of birds on crumbled brown wrapping paper resembling the ark of ancient times.
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