Learning About Cultures Through Poetry

Nayumme: Christine Farrugia

Institution: Northport-East Northport Public Library, Long Island, New York

Title of proposed program: Learning About Cultures Through Poetry

Audience: Children in Graes 4-6 (can be adapted for older grade levels)

Books used: Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems by Francisco X. Alarcon Neighborhood Odes by Gary Soto A Suitcase of Seaweed and Other Poems by Janet S. Wong Yum! MmMm!Que Rico!: Americas´ Sproutings by Pat Mora
Materials needed:
Paper, pencils

Brief outline of program or event:
A brief introduction to poetry will be provided to the children, focusing on the descriptive nature of poems. A selection of poems from each book will be read aloud. The children will be instructed to write down significant words on paper as each poem is being read. They will encouraged to focus on words dealing with foods, names, customs, holidays, family members, etc., including words in languages other than English. Discussion will follow and the children will discover how much they can learn about other cultures through poetry. Participants can also take an opportunity to write a poem about their own culture/background.