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could also be done as a writing activity.
* Ask students to look over all of the poems in this chapter and
choose one or two favorites.
* Ask students, in turn, to indicate their favorites and their
reasons for choosing them. You might make an opportunity here to have the poems
read aloud again.
2. Revisit old ideas
* Repeat the first activity of the first session (Writing, A-1)
in which students write down their feelings about poetry.
* Return the original writings to the students who wrote them.
* Ask each student to compare his or her own two pieces of
writing and discuss the changes as a group. How many have changed
significantly? How have people's ideas changed?
3. Map work
* Pin the names of all the poets on a map of Canada:
- Nova Scotia: Maxine Tynes
- Ontario: Bronwen Wallace, Lillian Allen (originally from
Jamaica), Gwen Hauser, Janet Gibson
- Manitoba: Dorothy Livesay, di brandt
- Saskatchewan: Judith Krause, Louise Halfe, Lorna Crozier
- Alberta: Leona Gom, Alice Lee
- British Columbia: Mary Billy, Kate Braid, Patricia Young
- Yukon: Linda McDonald
4. Guided discussion
* What have we learned about poetry and, in particular, Canadian
women's poetry written in English?
* Bring out the cluster that was created by the group on the
first day (Brainstorm, A-2). What can be added to this cluster now?
* Ask the students to reflect on their learning and provide
feedback to the instructor by answering the following questions:
- What are your feelings about poetry now that we have
completed this unit?
- Has your attitude towards poetry changed? If so, how?
- What did you like about this unit?
- What did you dislike?
(See the Bibliography for complete
Allen, Lillian. Nothing But a Hero
Women Do This Every Day: Selected Poems of Lillian Allen
Kate. Covering Rough Ground
brandt, di. Mother, Not-Mother
Crozier, Lorna. Inventing the Hawk
Halfe, Louise. Bear Bones
Klein, Bonnie, dir. Not a Love Story
Judith. Half the Sky
Perreault, Jeanne and Sylvia Vance, eds.
Writing the Circle, an Anthology: Native Women of Western Canada
Potrebenko, Helen. Walking Slow
Singer, Gail, dir. Loved,
Honoured and Bruised
Tynes, Maxine. Woman Talking Woman
Wayman, Tom, ed. Going for Coffee, Poetry on the Job
Wheeler, Kelly and Gem Wirszilas, eds. Visions of Flight: A Journey of
Positive Thought by and about Women with Disabilities
The Mad and Beautiful Mothers