Poetry Friday: Angela Johnson

Some poems in Angela Johnson’s book The Other Side: Shorter Poems (Scholastic 1998) were written when she was a teen, and others when she was older. It’s inspiring that poems written during Johnson’s teenage years were eventually published and recognized with the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book Award.

Angela Johnson

After listening to this audio clip of Johnson performing two poems from this book, discuss with students what “the other side” is.

Listen to Angela Johnson perform “Shorter” and “The Other Side”

Poetry Friday is hosted at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast this week.


Posted by Danika Brubaker, MLS

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