Class Agenda # 17 – Thinking of Examples-

Opening Circle- 

Do you AGREE or DISAGREE with the message of the poem?


“There were people who went to sleep last night,
poor and rich and white and black,
but they will never wake again.

And those dead folks would give anything at all
for just five minutes of this weather
or ten minutes of plowing.

So you watch yourself about complaining.

What you’re supposed to do
when you don’t like a thing is change it.
If you can’t change it,
change the way you think about it.”
― Maya Angelou

Generating Examples to talk about:

Think of making connections- Text to Self, Text to World, Text to Text

Text to self- You and those directly related to you. Stories that you are a part of.

  • How can this poem relate to aspects/parts of my life?
  • What are some experiences that I’ve had that relate to this poem?
  • Create a list of examples

Text to world- Your block, neighborhood, borough, city, state, country, planet, galaxy, universe, multiverse, google-verse, et, al 

  • How does this poem relate to the world around me?
  • Create a list of examples

Text to text- Other books, films, plays, or short stories.

  • What are some other texts that relate to this poem?
  • Create a list of examples

Class Work-

In your notebook, create a list of Text to Self, Text to World, and Text to Text connections with Maya Angelou’s poem.

Transition to Lumosity or Quizlet.

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