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WALK IN MY SHOES: EXPLORING CULTURES IN AMERICA: African-American Literature

This website contains resources to support the study of multicultural literature for teens. It is a companion to a new Unified Arts course taught by Madge Klais at Akira Toki Middle School.

STUDENT WORK: Turning Poems Into Mood Videos

Students used some of the lines from their Found Poems to create 30-second Animoto videos.  Click on the links below to view their multimedia work.

STUDENT WORK: Teen Writers Explore the Message of "Monster"

FOUND POEMS

After reading Monster by Walter Dean Myers, students words, phrases, and/or sentences that they found meaningful in the text.  They copied these onto post-it notes and arranged them on their desks to form a poem, which they then typed imaginatively to produce the amazing "monster poetry" that can be read on the bulletin board outside the library.  Students also had the option of creating their own poem from scratch.  The poem on the left, by James Webster, is such a poem, and the one on the right by Yayuko Thao was created using words from the text of Monster.