Sing the Sun Up: Creative Writing Ideas from African American Literature

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Teachers of English literature, music and multicultural studies will find this to be an invaluable source for supplementary reading and writing lessons on personal narrative, history, drama and poetry. Diverse methods of inspiring students to write through readings of African American literature—from all over the Americas—include exercises using the poetry of Nobel laureate Derek Wolcott, Aimée Césare, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, Rita Dove, Bob Kaufman, Nikki Giovanni, and Langston Hughes.

Exercises stressing the musical influence on jazz and blues poetry, and the resultant use of lyric poetic devices, also fortify this collection. Included are student samples, a select bibliography, and a brief discography.

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VOYA - Delia A. Culberson
This compact and handy teaching resource is full of creative ideas and suggestions that will be valuable aids to English, Black studies, and creative writing teachers in making the vast treasures of African American literature accessible to every student. The twenty contributing writers and poets are all accomplished in their fields and actively engaged in teaching. Their essays explore the amazing versatility and energy of African American writers, such as James Baldwin and his masterful use of language; Zora Neale Hurston, who had a marvelous gift of personalization; Aimé Césaire, Martinique's surrealist poet, who coined the term "negritude"; Nikki Giovanni, who touches the heart with her magnificent poetry; Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, who conveys intricate imagery; Luis Peles Matos of Puerto Rico and the joyous musical rhythms in his poem Black Dance; and Langston Hughes, Rita Dove, Gwendolyn Brooks, and so many others, whose fresh vision and enormous talent have opened new doors and broadened horizons in world literature. The various essays fall into categories such as Major Stylists, Genre Approaches, Sound, etc., and the writers present well-researched studies of their chosen subjects' writings to motivate students, along with examples of students' imaginative works written in response to this stimulus. Although not every prominent African American writer could possibly be included in this book, it does present a well-chosen range of influential authors offering a rich diversity of literary vistas to their readers. The "Notes on the Contributors" at the end of the book are thumbnail biographical sketches, and I found the very last entry, "Other T & W books You Might Enjoy," of special interest. It is easy to see that this book, besides being an excellent resource, is also a labor of love, and it shines with the generosity of spirit, devotion to enlightenment, and selfless dedication that are the finest hallmarks of the very best teachers. It is well written, instructive, and enjoyable, every essay a little gem in itself. I recommend it not only to educators but as fine reading to anyone interested in literature. Biblio.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780915924547
  • Publisher: Teachers & Writers Collaborative
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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