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Reader Response: Pat Mora and James Welch Reader Response: Keith Gilyard and Mourning Dove Inquiry: Rudolfo Anaya and James Baldwin Inquiry: Tomás Rivera and Esmeralda Santiago Cultural Studies: Ishmael Reed and Graciela Limón Cultural Studies: N. Scott Momaday and Russell Leong Critical Pedagogy: Octavia E. Butler and Ruthanne Lum McCunn Critical Pedagogy: Abiodun Oyewole and Lawson Fusao Inada
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Session 2 Reader Response: Keith Gilyard and Mourning Dove - Lesson Plans

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This section includes summaries of the lessons featured in the video programs. The lessons explore the literature through a reader-response approach.

Lesson Plans

Session 2: Reader Response: Keith Gilyard

Alfredo Lujan uses the reader-response approach to explore Keith Gilyard's poetry. The students examine the meaning of the title Poemographies, work in small groups to discuss several of Gilyard's poems, and create their own visual "poemographies" in response to Gilyard's work. Gilyard meets with the students, reads from his collection, and leads them in a response-based writing activity.

Session 2: Reader Response: Mourning Dove

Greg Hirst uses a reader-response approach to explore Mourning Dove's Coyote Stories by immersing students in Native American storytelling traditions. Students respond to Mourning Dove's work by creating and telling stories of their own. Hirst models the classroom on a traditional "lodge," in which students become part of a clan and members of a tribe. In addition to creating and presenting their own stories, students listen to and critique the stories of others.

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