Unit 2: Considering Literacy

  • Billy Collins Poem

    This is a brilliant poem for opening discussion on literary analysis or on meaning-making more generally. Called “the most popular poet in America” by the New York Times, Billy Collins won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He was also a Lehman…

  • “Accents” by Denice Frohman

    A native New Yorker and former Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, Denice Frohman writes about the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality. This poem, “Accents,” is a beautiful ode to her mother’s Puerto Rican accent. Not only does this performance pair well with resources that discuss language prejudice, but it can also serve…

  • Analysis of “The Language in Question”

    Written by young Mexican-American poet Benjamin Garcia, “The Language in Question” is the perfect poem to open discussion on language prejudice. The poem’s political commentary begins with its title; the “language in question” is English because, as the speaker goes on to suggest, no matter the context, English is never not in question. English is, as the…

  • Literacy Sponsor Assignment

    I recommend preceding this assignment with the “Sponsors of Literacy” slideshow.