Teach This Poem: “For Calling the Spirit Back from Wandering the Earth in Its Human Feet” by Joy Harjo

Teach This Poem is a weekly series featuring a poem from our online poetry collection, accompanied by interdisciplinary resources and activities designed to help K-12 teachers quickly and easily bring poetry into the classroom.

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A Note for Teachers: In this last installment of Teach This Poem for the academic year, we share a poem to send you and your students off to a summer of growth and reflection. Experience this poem with a simple reflection which you can ask your students to share. Of course, feel free to add some activities of your own.

Read Joy Harjo’s poem twice in a choral manner, with a different student reading each small stanza until you have included the whole class and finished the poem. Spend five minutes in quiet written reflection after both readings are complete.