I love discovering cross-curricular implementations of poetry. For example, using poetry to explore history. In celebration of Black History Month, consider exploring the life of historical figure George Washington Carver through poetry.
In the Newbery honor-winning biography, Carver: A Life in Poems (Front Street, 2001), poet Marilyn Nelson explores the amazing life of scientist, botanist, inventor, and teacher George Washington Carver—all via original poems.
Listen to Marilyn Nelson read the poem “1905” and describe a letter written by Albert Einstein encouraging the United States National Park Service to open a museum in honor of George Washington Carver.
A favorite line from this poem:
“Their welcoming glance meets Carver’s eyes at the velocity of light.”
The original book reading with Marilyn Nelson was created as part of the Coretta Scott King Book Award Curriculum Resource Center.
Poetry Friday is hosted at I’m Here. I’m Queer. this week.
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