African American Poetry: Songs of Protest and Pride
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The Beecher Team
This unit is part of the Beecher school team involving a first grade teacher, Geraldine Martin, our media specialist, Stephanie Zogby, who has made arrangements to work with a second grade classroom, and me. Their units are both part of this volume. Ideas on how we will enlist the expertise of other staff members and parents will be pursued. We hope that others who use this unity might choose to broaden the scope of its involvement. An after school program aimed at developing a play related to Geraldine Martin's unit will involve students from non-team classrooms. Parents will be recruited to assist with costume making, the preparation of related refreshments or meal for the culminating activity, and to help in other areas that may present themselves, such as a fund raising event to finance the culminating activity.
The team has already met periodically as we each have developed our individual unit. Each unit relates to African American poetry but follows a different route: feelings and friendship, family and traditions, and songs of pride and protest. During the school year, we will continue meeting on a regular basis to arrange the specific integration of each classroom's activities. Some possibilities are mentioned in this unit. The team will also plan our culminating activity, scheduled for April, and will attempt to include other staff members, administration, and parents as the final event nears.