Poem A Day:
“Sometimes I speak and I feel like it ain’t my words
Like I’m just a vessel channeling inside this universe
I feel my ancestors arrested inside of me
It’s like they want me to shoot my chance and change society
But how do I go about it? Tell me where I start?
My destiny rerouted when I chose to follow heart
You told to follow suit, but tell me what it do for you?
Except weigh you down, now you trapped inside the cubicle they built for us
The first step in the change is to take notice”
We discussed Kevin’s methods of literary analysis and tied his thoughts to the ones students recorded about the book in our last class.
Next, we watched this Op-Doc “A Conversation with Asian Americans on Race”.
I summarized this podcast for students and I am posting it here for them to listen to for extension.
Finally, we watched the first episode of “Fresh of the Boat.”
Students worked in groups to make posters comparing American Born Chinese to “Fresh off the Boat.” They could also pull in any other text we have read this year to extend their discussion of the themes of these stories/characters.
We shared posters and wrapped up our discussion of American Born Chinese.