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From Writing for Full Presence to Where I'm From: Writing the Builds Community in the Classroom

Hip Hop in the Heartland Annual Teacher Summer Institute

Yolanda Sealey

on 6 August 2015

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Transcript of From Writing for Full Presence to Where I'm From: Writing the Builds Community in the Classroom

Race, Culture, and Diversity in English Education
July 21, 2015

Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Ph.D.

From Writing For Full Presence to
'Where I'm From': Writing that
Builds Community in the Classroom

Goals for the Workshop
Consider WFFP freewriting method as a way to build community in your classroom

Use it during our session to build our community and share experiences

Begin composing a "Where I'm From" poem

Discuss how WFFP and WIFP can also open the social and emotional windows to our students' lives
Jumping In:
Let's Write
Activity #1

Pre-Writing Activity
Sharing & Brief Discussion:
Highlights of Pre-Writing

Activity # 2: Remix
WFFP + Pre-Writing Activity
Activating Memories
"Where I'm From"

George Ella Lyons
Willie Perdomo
Where I'm From
by George Ella Lyons
I am from clothespins,from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride.I am from the dirt under the black porch.(Black, glisteningit tasted like beets.)I am from the forsythia bush,the Dutch elmwhose long gone limbs I rememberas if they were my own.I'm from fudge and eyeglasses,
from Imogene and Alafair.I'm from the know-it-allsand the pass-it-ons,from perk up and pipe down.I'm from He restoreth my soulwith a cottonball lamb
and ten verses I can say myself.I'm from Artemus and Billie's Branch,fried corn and strong coffee.From the finger my grandfather lostto the augerthe eye my father shut to keep his sight.Under my bed was a dress boxspilling old pictures,a sift of lost facesto drift beneath my dreams.I am from those moments-snapped before I budded-leaf-fall from the family tree.
Reading Analysis

What are the elements of Lyons' Poem?

What story is being told here?
Listening & Reading Analysis

What are the elements of Perdomo's poem?

What story is being told here?

What story will you tell in your WIFP?
Crafting My WIFP

Poem Trajectory
2. Pre-Writing Activity
3. Remix: WFFP + Pre-Writing Activity
4. Begin Writing your WIF Poem

Finish your poem tonight

"Where I'm From"
Sharing & Personal Reflections
on the Process
Implications for Our Students

The Value of WFFP, WIFP & Understanding Barriers to Success for many of our Students


Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.

Inviting Lives Into the Classroom
Writing For Full Presence:
- On Your Mind
- Innermost Thougths
- What Keeps You From Being Fully Present
- Optional Sharing
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