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Multicultural Resources for High School Students  

In Our Own Voices    Unit 2 Outline

Exploring Inspirations

1.  Identify the theme of Unit 2: identifying and honoring heroes and sheroes.

2.  Demonstrate journal construction and pass out materials.

3.  Remind students that heroes and sheroes can be found in all walks of life, during all periods of history; present reading/listening materials as  
     students are working on journals.

     “Lincoln Monument: Washington”

     “A Poem for Nelson Mandela”

     “What I’m Telling You” on poetry speaks: who i am CD track 10

   “Every Day It Is Always There” on poetry speaks: who i am CD Track 22 

   “Tia Chucha”

    StoryCorps: Carlos Mósqueda

   StoryCorps: William Weaver

   StoryCorps:  Tami Hayes and her daughter, Dymond

   “What Your Mother Tells You Now” from poetry speaks: who i am

“La Miss Low”

 StoryCorps: Judge Olly Neal and his daughter, Karama

StoryCorps: Ralph Catania and Colbert Williams

StoryCorps: Ricky Boone

     4.  Discuss how easy it is to take our heritage for granted and read the following as examples of young people who were or were not
          able to appreciate other generations:

"A Tribute"

    5.  Discuss the importance of identifying heroes and sheroes who can serve as  inspiration for us.
         Read or listen to the following examples of people who have identified their heroes:

           “I’m Sayin’”

          Listen on line to Charles R. Smith “Inspirations” and “¡Presente! Heroes/Sheroes y Otras Cosas”

  1. Demonstrate how to compose a found poem and show examples:



  1. Pass out biographies of heroes and sheroes and guide students in composing a found poem to write in their journal.
  1. Discuss how students can use their journals to record their journey of inspiration.


Speak So You Can Speak Again: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston

Tupac Shakur Legacy

The Native American Experience

to place “If You Have a Voice…” in a journal pocket

     9.  Conclude by reading “Who Is Singing This Song.”

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