A High School Teacher Was Forced to Resign for

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A High School Teacher Was Forced to Resign for
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Overview | How can poetry both reflect and transcend the era in which it is written? How
can looking at a poem from multiple perspectives illuminate its meaning?
1- React!
A High School Teacher Was Forced to Resign for
Sharing an Allen Ginsberg Poem.
By Mark Joseph Stern, Slate.com
2- Write down anything that comes to your mind.
3- Discuss: What do you expect from a poem?
What do you expect from a film based on a poem?
4- Watch a film trailer!
5 – Discuss!
• Based on this trailer, what are your impressions of the poem, “Howl,” and the poet,
Allen Ginsberg (played by James Franco)?
• Did the trailer reinforce or challenge your ideas about what a film based on a poem
might be like? What do you learn about Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” from this
short clip?
• What gets your attention?
• What in the clip seems relevant to today? Why?
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6- Read / Listen to an extract from Howl by Ginsberg.
7- How would you describe this poem? Justify with elements from the poem.
O boring
O a raw denunciation of
World War II era
O obscene
American society
O alienation
O repetitive
O a run-on sentence
O a universal longing for
O incantatory
O an autobiography
escape
O an angry lament
O desperation during post-
O ...
8–
What did Ginsberg have to say about his
time?
What do you have to say about yours?
9 – Use the keywords you sent me on What's App and complete your poem.
10 – Read your poem out loud on a piece of music.
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I saw the _____ of my generation _____
by _____, _____ _____ _____
_____ themselves through the _____
looking for _____,
_____ burning for _____ connection to
the _____ in the _____,
who _____ and _____ and _____ sat up
_____ in the _____ darkness of _____
floating across the _____.
I saw the _____ of my generation _____
by _____, _____ _____ _____
_____ themselves through the _____
looking for _____,
_____ burning for _____ connection to
the _____ in the _____,
who _____ and _____ and _____ sat up
_____ in the _____ darkness of _____
floating across the _____.

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