Celebrate Joy Harjo: The First Native American Poet Laureate

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Introduce middle schoolers to Poet Laureate Joy Harjo with a lesson that not only explains the role and duties of the Poet Laureate but also contains a video in which Harjo explains what she sees as her responsibility as a Native American poet.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use during Native American Heritage Month in November or during April's Poetry Month
Classroom Considerations
  • Activities require WiFi access
  • Projection equipment is needed for the painting and the videos
  • One of the included video links is no longer available, but a replacement has been provided
  • Includes links to resources for those who want to learn more about Native American poetry
  • Offers helpful tips for parents and caregivers
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