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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
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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
10:00
Activity #1

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

Activity # 2: Remix
WFFP + Pre-Writing Activity
Activating Memories
10:00
Popular
"Where I'm From"
Poems:

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
1. WFFP
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

Discussion


Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.


~Novalis
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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