Words as Freedom: Poetry Workshop Based on Don Tate’s Poet

Posted in * Grades 03-06, * Grades 06-09, Theme: African American, Theme: History (US), Theme: Poetry

Poet-jacket-FRONT-HI-RESReader Engagement Project:

THE BOOK
Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses 
Horton
, a nonfiction picture book by Don Tate (Peachtree Publishers), 
tells the story of a North Carolina man who spent his lifetime writing and performing poetry despite being enslaved. For most of Horton’s life, words were the only freedom available to him.

“Fascinated by the power of words, Horton taught himself to read and began composing verses…remarkable man’s life offers a new perspective with remarkable clarity.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review


POETRY WORKSHOP

For Classrooms, Libraries & Community Groups 

Words as Freedom Using Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton to Teach Self-Expression & Poetry
This series of workshops shares the astounding life of George Moses Horton with children and allows children to explore how words can be freedom in their own lives. Using a series of self-expression writing prompts and poetry lessons, children will take steps to tell their own personal truth.

These workshops can be used in a classroom, library, or community setting, can flex from one session to multiple sessions, and can be done with or without a poet or poetry educator on hand.

This kit was written by the educators at Sacrificial Poets, also known as SacPoe, an award-winning, spoken word poetry organization that uses the written and spoken word to encourage creativity and self-expression within youth of the Triangle Area of North Carolina.

Workshops & Resources Include:

1) RESOURCE: ABOUT THE BOOK AND ITS CREATOR

2) PREPARING FOR & MARKETING YOUR WORKSHOP

3) POETRY WRITING WORKSHOP Part 1-2
This structured poetry exercise connects George Moses Horton to the reader’s sense of self and concept of freedom and comes with a complete set of worksheets.

4) EDITING WORKSHOP: Six-Word Stories
This workshop teaches the importance of selecting words and revising with a step-by-step exercise on revising a thirty-word story down to six words.

5) PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP: The Body Electric
This workshop helps readers be aware of their bodies when they read aloud and perform.

6) RESOURCE: ABOUT POETRY SLAMS
Explore the history of the oral tradition of poetry, the rise of the poetry slam movement, the terminology of slam, how to hold a slam, and how to explore more.

7) RESOURCE: EVENT POSTER

Engagement / Programming Tool:

DT Poet WAF Cover

Poetry Workshop

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Best Users:

Public Children’s Librarians, School Librarians, Booksellers, Grades 03-09

Best Audience:

Children Grades 3-6

More on the Book:

Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses 
Horton
By Don Tate
Illustrated by Don Tate
Peachtree Publishers
Publication Date: September 2015
Hardcover Picture Book
ISBN-13: 9781561458257
Pages: 36pp.
Age Range: 6 – 12 Years

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