— “Minstrel Man” Langston Hughes
After putting the poem into its historical context, we read it together and discussed its beauty and its content. Then we watched this, a segment from the Favorite Poem Project, which gave the poem an entirely new perspective:
We bring so much our ourselves to the experience of reading poetry – each poem is such a personal experience. These videos (we watched the first two) were a good lesson about this idea for my sixth graders. We’ve given ourselves a month to think about the poem each of us will select for this class project – enough time, I think, to identify the one, learn it and find a way to share what it means to us.