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Childhood Remembrances: Life and Art Intersect in Nikki Giovanni’s “Nikki-Rosa”

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Childhood Remembrances: Life and Art Intersect in Nikki Giovanni’s “Nikki-Rosa”

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology






  • A presentation computer with multimedia capabilities

  • Projection device

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Biographer's Interview Chart

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  • Make copies of the Transcript of "Nikki-Rosa" (or provide copies of the poem from a textbook).

  • (optional) If computer access is limited, make copies of the Biographer's Interview Chart for students, in lieu of the student interactive.

  • Make sure that your computers have the QuickTime or Real Player plug-in installed so that the "Nikki-Rosa" video will play. The plug-ins can be downloaded from the video page. Visit the page just before you begin Session One so that the download is completed when you are ready to play it for your class.

  • Test the Biographer's Interview Chart on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tool and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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