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Comment by Ryan Goble on January 15, 2014 at 2:09pm

Hey Lelia, 

Great question - I have a whole unit on this archived somewhere built around the movie "Under the Same Moon" - that said, do consider position your question up above us in the main discussion as a crowdsource ? as it will have a url so I can share it in a broadcast AND it will be archived and not get buried here.  Can't wait to hear more about your work!  RRG:)

Comment by Jessica Martinez on January 14, 2014 at 3:59pm

To Lella,

You should check out the work of the Chicano theatre group, Culture Clash. I don't know how much is available on-line. But they did one play called "Bordertown" which includes skits, monologues and poetry about life in San Diego. I particularly remember one skit where one actor plays a man named San Diego and another plays a woman, Tia Juana, and the actors personify how the two interact.

I would urge you to include non-fiction, in addition to poetry, about the reasons why people immigrate from Latin American countries to the US. The Right to Stay Home by David Bacon includes vignettes of people's true stories. Harvest of Empire is another informative book that was turned into a movie (includes violence). 

Comment by Lella Deraney on July 13, 2011 at 12:13pm
I am currently seeking poetry that will fit into a 10th grade unit on Border Crossing and Living on the Edge. This is my first thematic unit ever. I am an MAT student so any advice would be welcome :) Any other suggestions of different texts from different genres (and media) would also be welcome. I was thinking about using some poetry by Gloria Anzaldua. Not sure.
Comment by Ryan Goble on March 15, 2011 at 1:11pm
I told Brandi to post it up above in the forum so folks could give her feedback - hopefully she will!
Comment by Shirley Durr on March 15, 2011 at 1:10pm
Received a message from Brandi via the Poets and Writers group but couldn't find her question linked here where I was told to find it. What's wrong?
Comment by Jane Roberts on August 23, 2010 at 12:29am
To have students connect to literary terms have them consider song lyrics as poetry. Bring in some song lyrics and have students work in groups to find examples of terms.
A colleague used GLEE to teach literary elements and it was a huge success.
I have used the cartoon Phineas and Ferb to illustrate literary terms too.
Comment by Kelly Farrow on July 24, 2010 at 7:17pm
Two great groups you might be interested if you serve an urban population or have lots of kids who enjoy Street Lit: - A great Street Lit wiki - A LinkedIn group for those interested in Street Lit
Comment by Ryan Goble on March 2, 2010 at 10:33am
Hey Bob - thanks for hipping us to your project! for some reason your e-mail is going totally mental as I've gotten like 5 copies of it. No biggie, just thought you'd like to know.

Since you're doing work with film and visual literacy you might also let folks in the Teach w/ Moving Images group know about your work!

Very exciting to hear all the short film resources are useful to you!

Comment by Ryan Goble on January 21, 2010 at 11:22am
Hey Dana, I posted this over in music as well.

I actually have a great activity for you to teach lit terms in a fun way - it is two bucks over at the Mindblue store - it is called the Lit Term Game (it is a close relative of the Album Cover Game.

If you decide to pick one or both of those up here's a not so top secret link to a bunch of easy-to-print album covers FOR EDUCATIONAL USE ONLY!

Hope these help!!

Comment by Dana Waschitz on January 20, 2010 at 7:16pm
Hey all! So I have to start a Poetry unit to my 10th grade English class and the first lesson is poetry terms that students need to know...I was asked to do a list of 20 Selected Poetry Terms. I was asked to have the kids define them by looking them up in the text and then have them give an example of each, but I think thats kind of basic and boring...does anyone have any suggestions how to spice this up a bit? They are words like Simile, metaphor, speaker, end-stop, ballad, literal, figures of speech, etc...maybe through music or magazines or something more fun?? ... :) Thanks! -Dana

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