POSTED ON BEHALF OF KI’TAY DAVIDSON
The content of this lesson is centered on a spoken word performance performed by a young man on HBO’s Brave New Voices (a series focused on illuminating the power of youth poetry) . This video was found on youtube and can be easily accessed on the internet.
This lesson plan is tailored to high school students in their junior or senior year and students predominantly in lower level classes, alternative schools and special education. Moreover, this lesson plan would be most beneficial to students working with a speech pathologist. The entire lesson is focused on speech and learning differences and empowerment through ownership, creativity and self acceptance. As a result, the classroom atmosphere would need to be formal, and a “safe space.” Overall, the presentation of a young person being proud of their disability will be both empowering and unique for most students in these classrooms. Hopefully, each student would leave with a divergent perspective on disability and would reclaim their own power and skillset to succeed not in spite of their disability, but because of their disability.
Goals and Objectives
Schedule of the Lesson (50 minute class):
(1) Watch video as a class (5 minutes)
(2) Write poem about yourself in relation to the poem (15 minutes)
(3) Perform poems in front of class (if students do not want to perform in front of the class they can perform to the teacher by themselves on a separate date) (30 minutes)
Overall, this lesson plan will incorporate peace education by focusing on multiple intelligences and community building. Public speaking is a skill that is beneficial and useful for most individuals; however, rarely are students given the opportunity to present or sharpen their speaking skills. As a result, this lesson plan will have each student write a poem about themselves and an asset that many have labeled as negative, but they feel is positive. From there, each student will have the opportunity to share in front of the class or present separately to the student. The teacher can tailor the length of this activity depending on the number of students. As a general note, each student should expect their poem to be about 1 to 2 minutes. Each student will have emot, as well as an activity that boost their public speaking skills.
Furthermore, this lesson plan will incorporate community building by facilitating an activity that promotes active listening, shared experiences and empathy. Students may hear other stories that relate to their own and will respect the courage of their peers to share potentially vulnerable experiences in their own lives.