Thursday, March 2, 2017

Writing Dialogue Poems: Followup

Readers had great feedback on my recent post, Writing Dialogue Poems to Compare Points of View

Dottie Susag, retired English teacher from Simms, said she a variation of this assignment using “Sure You Can Ask Me a Personal Question," by Diane Burns. “It's a dialog poem but you don't hear the other side. I like to have students make up the other voice.” 

"Sure You Can Ask Me a Personal Question" is a great poem in its own right for getting kids thinking about stereotypes, according to Anna Baldwin (Arlee High School). She said that it is one the Arlee Reservation Ambassadors often uses to "to launch discussion and encourage frank conversations about stereotypes and reservation life." (Don't know who the Reservation Ambassadors are? You should! It's a student club from Arlee High School that visits or Skypes with classrooms to build relationships and understanding about reservation life. (You can ask them to meet with your class in person or online by emailing club co-advisor Anna Baldwin at abaldwin@arleeschools.org.)  

Finally, Brenda Johnston, who teaches English at Browning High School, wrote to let me know that she has her "students write two voice poems when studying the Holocaust and the Baker Massacre.  It is a good way for me to assess some of their learning."

It looks as if dialogue poems are already classroom tested and have received a two thumbs up. 

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