Poetry Festival

Student Critic: D Booker
School: Fiske
School Teacher: Joi Tillman
Performance: Poetry Festival
Teaching Artist: Kyla Norton

Introduction:

Have you’ve ever seen three girls do a creative chant about education and Chicago street violence? I’ve never seen three girls do a chant about violence and education, but I feel that was a good way for them to tell a story about Chicago. My favorite part of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Festival was the girls from St. Paul School. What made it stand out was when the girls did their chant and talked about Chicago violence and when they talked about gang members and how students need their education.


Critique:

A line I remember is when they said, “put down the guns, pull up your pants, do you see how you look?” The theme of this chant is about the violence that goes on in Chicago and how men or young boys look when they do those type of things to innocent people. What made me like this poem was what I heard from the girls and the choreography of their chant.




Conclusion, The Takeaway:

I felt that this was a good way for three young girls to express themselves and how they feel about the street violence of Chicago.


One Reply to “Poetry Festival”

  1. Hi D,

    I think the piece you wrote starts off very strong and I like the introduction. I think that we can talk a bit more about their performance.

    What types of chants were they doing? How was the audience reacting to their poem? They danced, and had signs, why do you think this added to the performance and made it enjoyable or not?

    When you say this:
    What made it stand out was when the girls did their chant and talked about Chicago violence and when they talked about gang members and how students need their education.

    I would challenge you to think about how Chicago violence and education go hand in hand. Why do you think they are encouraging students to stay in school? Why do you think that is good for children and how will it keep them safe? Why do you think the girls chose this topic? What did it make you feel? How does Chicago violence make you or people around you feel?

    I think if you ask yourself and answer these questions you will be able to add to the second or third paragraph.

    I think with such a strong opening, you should have a conclusion that is just as strong. Why is this poem important for people to hear and what about it will you take with you?

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