by J. Patrick Lewis
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The Many and the FewJ. Patrick Lewis
In J. Patrick Lewis' poem "The Many and the Few," a speaker describes the historic moment when Rosa Parks refused to give her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.Pair “The Many and the Few” with “The Child” and ask students to compare the themes of these two poems by J. Patrick Lewis. How does Lewis explore the accomplishments of Civil Rights activists in the two poems? How do both poems explore what a single person is capable of accomplishing?
The Rose That Grew from ConcreteTupac Shakur
In Tupac Shakur's "The Rose That Grew from Concrete," the speaker describes a flower that grew in an unlikely place.Pair “The Rose that Grew from Concrete” with “The Child” and ask students to discuss how both poems explore overcoming challenges. What difficult circumstances was Sylvia Mendez living through as a child? How did she manage to succeed despite these circumstances? How does Mendez compare to the “rose” in the poem? What do students think would be considered the “concrete” from which Mendez grew?