Would You Rather Math – Valentine’s Edition

I’ve just updated my “Would You Rather Math – Valentine’s Edition” Google Slides to look a bit better graphically (layout from Canva), and to leave room on the slides for student responses since many of you are virtual. You can get a copy here. The presentation has a blank slide for you to fill in your own problem(s) if you like. For those of you who didn’t see my original post on this, these were inspired by the work of John Stevens, who has a website of Would You Rather Math problems here.

In addition, I made a Jamboard using the slides as background images (so they are a tiny bit fuzzy), which you are welcome to make a copy of here. The link to this post will be added to both my Valentine’s Day and Jamboard Wakelet links.

Valentine’s Day Resources

I went back through my Valentine’s Day posts and gathered links that are still live to put in this Wakelet collection. It includes some great lessons from Not Just Child’s Play, Byrdseed, and Minds in Bloom as well as many new ones, including Jamboard Valentine’s Day cards. I’m going to revise my Valentine’s Day “Would You Rather?” slides and post those soon!

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More Amanda Gorman Resources

I was curating so many lesson resources for learning about Amanda Gorman, our National Youth Poet Laureate, that I decided to make a Wakelet collection for them. You can find it here. Many of them came from this post by Mia Young (@WestsidehsTeach) in the Distance Learning Educators Facebook Group. (This group is super helpful!) There are links to books you can pre-order, lesson plans, and some interactive digital files you can copy. I’m slowly rolling out more public Wakelets, so if you want to see all of the ones I’ve created so far, you can click here.

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Brave New Voices

When we see young people like Amanda Gorman on the world stage, we are astonished by what she has to say and the way that she says it. But the truth is, there are so many people her age and younger around the globe to whom we should be paying more attention.

For this week’s anti-racist post, I would like to introduce you to two more young ladies who understand what is really important. Unfortunately, I don’t have their names. I found them through the Teach Living Poets site. This website was founded by Melissa Smith (@MelAlterSmith), and is a wonderful spot to discover contemporary poetry by diverse authors. Smith, along with Scott Bayer (@LyricalSwordz) also created this interactive Google Slides digital library of living poets. Help your students to find poets who look like them and write about topics relevant to them by recommending and celebrating some of the authors on this website.

I will be adding this post to my list of Anti-Racism posts on Wakelet. Please consider sharing it with others, especially those who have the power to make a difference in the classroom. 

Blackout Poetry Maker

For those of you inspired by Amanda Gorman to make some poetry of your own, here is an online Blackout Poetry Maker that makes it easy. Though that surely is not Gorman’s method for writing her verses, blackout poetry is one of many “gateways” into this medium that students enjoy. For some other methods, here is a link to one of my old posts with more ideas. Be ready for National Poetry Month in April by writing your first drafts now!

(Can you guess what famous speech I used to create the poem below?)

Merge Mercy with Might

UPDATE 1/25/2021: Here is a collection of resources to use if your class is studying Amanda Gorman or Inauguration poetry.

If you couldn’t tell from Monday’s post, I had already fallen in love with the poetry of Amanda Gorman. When our nation’s first Youth Poet Laureate read “The Hill We Climb” at the Inauguration today, I was moved to tears. Her words acknowledge the weight we carry while simultaneously lifting us almost effortlessly to a peak where we can look all around and see new hope. The poem declares that we can be strong as we admit our faults, and move on to correct them in a way that will both heal and empower us.

I added the link to the PBS New Hour lesson that was posted almost immediately following Gorman’s recitation to my list of Inauguration resources, but I wanted to give it a separate place here. For teaching ideas and a transcript of the poem, follow this link. Introduce this incredibly gifted young woman to your students because they are sure to hear more from her in the future.

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