The poem I've chosen is Lineage by Margaret Walker. ( Text under cutCollapse )
The rationale for this poem is:
1. It's short with simple vocabulary (my students read well below grade level, and since I'm just introducing this specific technique I don't want to overwhelm them!)
2. Characters and setting are really easy to describe
3. We're about to start reading Kindred by Octavia Butler, a time-travel novel where a young black woman is sent back in time and meets her ancestors (a white master and a black slave). There's a lot of conflict between how she is able to act as a young black woman in the 1970s versus in the 1830s, and I like the similar thematic elements in this poem.
So. My question: I'm looking for artwork that I can use in a warm up in the same way - lots of information to pick out about the characters, setting, and tone of the piece, that is hopefully connected thematically to womanhood, ancestors, slavery, and/or the conflict of the individual versus society. Suggestions?