Reflection: Real World Applications What is Perspective?: Analysis of Persona in "Mother to Son" - Section 4: Creative Writing Prompt: Poem of Perspective


Creative perspective taking.  I wanted the students to get a chance to write a poem that would show their empathy as they might hear from a person who is different from them.  In creating these responses, a student had to imagine the feelings and experiences of the other.  I was a little bit concerned that the students would find it to be too difficult to do or that they would delve into caricature or stereotyping poems that don't really imagine the other's world very completely or perceptively.  What I got were some interesting, perceptive and empathetic poems.  It was really great to hear from the students and what they imagined was happening in the mental world of another.  Their choices varied and were tied to the real world of experience.  This was the first time I did this assignment, and I think I'll do it again.

Other ideas? I'm curious to hear how you have taught this poem or other poems by Langston Hughes?  How do you get students to imagine another's perspective? 

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What is Perspective?: Analysis of Persona in "Mother to Son"

Unit 4: Literary: Point of View and Perspective in Short Fiction and Non-Fiction
Lesson 2 of 6

Objective: SWBAT identify the theme of perspective in common experience and explain how Langston Hughes uses it structurally to develop his message in "Mother to Son."

Big Idea: Understanding, having empathy for others, and creatively imagining their worlds is fascinating and important work.

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English / Language Arts, Literature, structure (Composition Basics), Poetry, Harlem Renaissance, point of view, structure, perspective, narration, american born chinese, la brea tar pit, coming of, identity, Langston Hughes, mother to son, persona
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