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ERIC Number: ED429290
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Teaching the Works of Nikki Giovanni: "The Same ol' Danger but a Brand New Pleasure."
Jago, Carol
This paper intersperses events and experiences from the poet Nikki Giovanni's life--she emerged from the Black Rights Movement in the late 1960s--with student assignments in prereading, reading, discussion, and writing about Giovanni's poetry, specifically the poem "Nikki-Rosa." In addition, the paper describes an oral history project and a formal writing assignment which use the poem as a starting point. The paper also discusses Giovanni's essay "On Being Asked What It's Like to Be Black," and another of her poems, "Knoxville, Tennessee," which was about her beloved home town. An assignment suggested in the paper asks students to write a poem of their own about something, someplace, or someone they like best; several student poems illustrate the assignment. The final Nikki Giovanni poem discussed in the paper is "Revolutionary Dreams," a poem in which the poet explores the development of her thinking in ways that help students see how changing your mind need not invalidate the authenticity of what has been said and written earlier. (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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