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Poetry, Passion & Purpose: Black Women, Girls, & The Art of Poetic Expression

In this 12-week course, we'll explore 20th and 21st century poetic art written by Black women and girls to foster discussions on the state of Black girlhood, racism, and self-expression.
55 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 12 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times


Tue, Jan 17, 2023

Jan 17 – Apr 6, 2023 (12 weeks)
Tu, Th
5:00 – 5:55 PM
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Class Experience

Students will strengthen their understanding of poetic devices/structures (stanzas, alliteration, assonance, couplets, free verse, figurative language, prose, rhyme scheme, etc.), literary craft and of course, the diverse repertoire of Black women poets throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.
Students will have weekly writing prompts that call upon their use of creative self-expression and literary analysis.
• Notebooks/Writing Utensils • Google Account (To Access Google Suites/Google Classroom) Reading List: • Home.Girl.Hood by Ebony Stewart • Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans • Electric Arches by Eve L Ewing The above readings will be read in full. Therefore, it is recommended that students obtain personal copies from an online bookshop or a local library. Other Readings will be provided in PDF form, at no charge.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Throughout the course, students will develop personal writing portfolios and may utilize a specific piece of work from it to curate or  contribute to a final creative project that showcases their full understanding of the course's content. Additionally, students will be tasked with researching the life/legacy of 1 Black woman or girl poet and curating a short reading map (concept will be explained in class) and/or developing a draft course syllabus. This will demonstrate the student's ability to synthesize the artist's work alongside their personal learning style/process. 
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Politically and culturally sensitive topics will be discussed each week of class with some topics being heavier than others. We will routinely approach highly sensitive topics including state-sanctioned violence, police brutality, criminality and systemic oppression. The course educator has undergone significant Diversity, Inclusion and Sensitivity trainings to properly support students in understanding and processing this information. Sessions where tough topics will emerge will be preceded by a content warning.

Google Drive/Classroom/Suite Apps: Google Drive & Classroom will only be used during our allotted class time to access relevant course content.

Quizlet: Students will utilize Quizlet to review important terms.

Spotify: Students will frequently engage with Spotify (during class) to curate playlists that align with selected poems.

YouTube: Students will engage with historical videos and interviews on relevant topics. Links will be provided in a curated playlist.

The Smithsonian Magazine is a great resource for students to independently engage with as they pursue research for course projects and activities. 

The 1-2 hours outside of class are not to be spent working within Google Classroom/Suites, but to read & engage with the next session's assigned reading.
• The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks: (American Poets Project #19) by Gwendolyn Brooks
• Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni
• Ego-Tripping and Other Poems for Young People by Nikki Giovanni
• Maya Angelou: Poems by Maya Angelou
• Home.Girl.Hood by Ebony Stewart
• For The Love of Black Girls by Tatiana Mary Rebecca Johnson
• Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans
• Electric Arches by Eve L Ewing
• Chlorine Sky by Mahogany L Browne
• Vinyl Moon by Mahogany L Browne
• Black Girl Magic: A Poem by Mahogany L Browne
• I Remember Death By Its Proximity to What I Love by Mahogany L Browne
• The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic | Edited by: Jamila Woods, Mahogany L. Browne, & Idrissa Simmonds
• Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir 1969-1980 by Lucille Clifton
• Call Us What We Carry: Poems by Amanda Gorman
• Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Browne, Elizabeth Acevedo and Olivia Gatwood
• Girls That Never Die: Poems by Safia Elhillo


Morgan Jae
Lives in the United States
History, Culture and Sociology Educator with an emphasis on Black Girlhood Studies and African American History
1 completed class

About Me

Morgan Jael is a graduate of Washington University in St Louis where she earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree in African/African American Studies and participated in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellowship where she surveyed the cultural... 
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