Moving to the Poems of Angel Island

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A poem carved on Angel Island's walls is the guiding text of a lesson that challenges scholars to put movement into a written piece of art. After warm up-activities, learners play a game of "Pass the Clap" and "Pass the Line," in which peers read a line from a poem and accompany it with a gesture. With having practiced adding movement to poetry, small groups prepare tableaux. Groups perform their piece in front of the class then reflect on the learning experience.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Plan to co-teach the lesson with the school's or district's music teacher to emphasize the musical application portion of the lesson
  • Perform the lesson with any meaningful poem
  • Locate other poems or stories related to immigration for class members to browse and or perform
Classroom Considerations
  • Materials required include copies of the poem, paper, pencil, music, and optional percussion instruments
  • The poems words and message may trigger negative emotions, take caution of your pupils' overall feelings and make adjustments to create a safe and welcoming learning environment
  • This is the 12th lesson in a series of 14
  • Provides a physical and vocal warm-up to focus and energize participants
  • Encourages emotional expression through art—both written and dance
  • None