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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

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Calendar Activities

Professional Library

 

CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 7

Poet Nikki Giovanni was born in 1943.

Using the poem "My First Memory (of Librarians)," students connect memory, their senses, and the language of poetry.

 

Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  October 17

Black Poetry Day is celebrated.

Books and webpages are gathered that focus on the work of African American poets and students explore the resources and find a poem to contribute to a poetry reading.

 

Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 22

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood premiered in 1967.

After thinking about TV shows, books, and movies from their childhood, students write about what they remember and revisit how they feel about it at an older age.

 

Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 1

Take part in the African American Read-In!

Students come together with family and friends to take part in a read-in of books by African American authors and report their results.

 

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PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY

Grades   9 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Nikki Giovanni in the Classroom: "The same ol' danger but a brand new pleasure"

The first volume in the NCTE High School Literature Series, this small, practical book features primary source materials including many of Giovanni’s poems reprinted in full, easily adaptable lessons and activities, and a resource section for students and teachers wishing to study Giovanni further.

 

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