for teachers and families

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Tips/lesson plans for SHE SANG PROMISE as a mentor text, compiled by Marcie Flinchum Atkins are at her resourceful blog.

Multi-cultural titles and powerful girl/women stories are found at: KIDLIT Celebrates Women’s History Month; on pages of the ALA (American Library Association); The Children’s Book Council; the pages of American Indians in Children’s Literature; Bookseedstudio acrhives and, by visitng The Books for Children Collection. More links for Native American topics are here ACTIVITIES for SHE SANG PROMISE: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader DSCN5684 Activities are in celebration of traditional Seminole life that connects with SHE SANG PROMISE: The Story of BETTY MAE JUMPER, Seminole Tribal Leader by Jan Godown Annino with an afterword from Moses Jumper, Jr. and artwork by Lisa Desimini.   CREATE THESE       CHICKEE   A traditional open-air shelter, sleep platform & more BOOKMARK    inspired by Seminole/Miccosukee patchwork clothing  VISUAL PORTRAIT   of the life of Betty Mae Tiger Jumper & also create a portrait of your life CLAN SYMBOL DESIGN  Design your own symbol.  Panther, Wind,  Bird, Deer, Snake, Otter, Bigtown are some traditional clans. How would you show them in a drawing or other artwork? RESOURCES  BOOKMARK     Chapter 4 of Patchwork: Seminole and Miccosukee Art and Activities by Dorothy Downs, with construction paper and glue. To look at popular designs in clothing, see  Seminole Tribe of Florida patchwork design samplers and also, a Miccosukee Tribe patchwork sampler, from the National Park Service, a long scroll down to Native People Activities,  “Designs of My World, page 140 if you have the paper edition. PORTRAIT   Find the National Portrait Gallery online newsletter (Fall 2004) page, (about the 4th page) on the life of American Indian leader, Zitkala -Sa.  She was from the Pine Ridge Reservation. Like Betty Mae Jumper, she wrote a book about her life.  Consider how her life path  (1876-1938) shows us insights that are  similar, or different, to that of Betty Mae Jumper. Create your own portrait of Betty Mae Jumper.  How is your staging of your portrait of Betty Mae Tiger Jumper different from the color portrait of her by artist Lisa Desimini’s (pages 26-27 & a version, below) in SHE SANG PROMISE?  What symbols did you choose?

c. Smithsonian Institution

c. LISA DESIMINI all rights reserved

CLANS         What were the traditional clans of the Seminole people? Which clan was Betty Mae Tiger Jumper born into ?  Draw your design for one or more of the traditional Seminole clans.       Ideal for  K, 1st & 2nd grade or anyone, it’s fun to create & an easy  ALLIGATOR from a letter A.   Also  A vivid video link, from the Florida Department of State’s FLORIDA MEMORY archives, of Seminole tribal members playing a stick ball game & dancing in South Florida in the 1920s. Keep watching to see the bear cub up a tree!

                  YOUNG READERS as WRITERS

Kenn Nesbitt’s Poetry Pages

Poetry Out Loud  Students recite published poetry from all times, for prizes

Letters About Literature    A trip to D.C. is possible for young readers if they also write  (also see River of Words  contests)

Poetry for Children  one-stop, ad-free, fabulous meeting place

National History Day (student videos welcome)

Florida History Fair (student videos welcome)

POETRY Camp   DSCN0260_2
EYEDEARS from others Jan Annino Bookseedstudio – jgaoffice@ gmail dot com
“Good writing is always about things that are important to you, things that are scary to you, things that eat you up.” —John Edgar Wideman
Author and poet ‪#‎LeslieBulion‬ talks about poems and how they
“force our brains to work transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, finding metaphor, capturing that elusive lyric line”,
Peachtree Publishers author of Random Body Parts – Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse new spring 2015 (Leslie Bulion)
Michael Rosen in blog of Sara Lewis Holmes
Indeed, the poet W. B. Yeats said that poetry was a writer arguing with himself.
from Miss R effect –
Michale Rosen also, on teaching poetry to kiddos-
“So what’s our job as teachers? To help them master the forms? Oh, sure, to some degree. But more importantly, it’s to create exhilarating experiences, to afford enormous and unexpected pleasures, to make the writing of poetry a practice that nourishes and enlivens. A kid who loves the act…will continue it.
Will get better at it. “
May 2015 interview with No WaterRiver speaker is artist/poet
Douglas Florian interview from Renee La Tulippe
“I wish someone had told me to take my time more with my books. Today I spend more time revising and illustrating my poems. In fact, How to Draw a Dragon took two years, on and off, to create.”
“There is a marvelous peace in not publishing. “ JD SALINGER
NY Times in 1974 quoted in obit 1.29.2010
May 2012 from now and again poetry letters of Kristine O’Connell George
“If you don’t hear a poem spoken, it’s like never hearing a song sung.” -Ashley Bryan

Discover Poetry Friday

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