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.
[from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument, at the March on Washington, 1963]
The following activities and questions are designed to help your students use their noticing skills to move through the poem and develop their thinking about its meaning with confidence, using what they’ve noticed as evidence for their interpretations. Read more about the framework upon which these activities are based.
More Context for Teachers: “The legacy that I want to leave,” says Sonia Sanchez in a conversation with Major Jackson, is that “I loved you that much that I needed to jerk your head back to really see the country for what it is. And to make it better. Not just to demean this country but to say we’re much better than this. We’re much better than this. That people have struggled here in this place called America to make it a great country. And we always get so close to greatness and then we just slide back down.” Read more.