IN MY OWN VOICE
by JoAnn Pelliccio
SUBJECT AREA: Multicultural Education, Poetry Appreciation and Poetry Writing
PUBLISHER: Sunburst Communications, Inc. (800)321-7511
INTENDED AUDIENCE: Junior High/High School
NOTABLE SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: 68030 Macintosh or higher, System 7, Double-speed CD-ROM drive, QuickTime 2.1 or later, Sound Manager 3.1, and Sound Control Panel 8.0.5 or later.
DESCRIPTION: This CD-ROM contains audio recordings of award-winning contemporary American poems read by the poets. There are 27 poems on the subject of identity, survival and hope written by nine poets of culturally diverse backgrounds.
The setting is New York City's Greenwich Village. The program opens with video and jazz and a narrated introduction by Quincy Troupe, one of the poets. A New York City lamp post serves as the menu bar and offers many choices:
STRENGTHS: This program is easy to use and very engaging. There is a Teacher's Guide with lesson plans for whole class activities, individual students or small groups. The lessons are divided into units by poet and contain additional biographical information and ideas for writing assignments.
There are many possible applications for this program. It can provide an art experience, a writing experience, and lessons in social studies and multicultural education, as well as poetry appreciation lessons.
The major strengths of this program are its powerful presentations of contemporary poetry to students and its providing of a safe place for students to be able to express their thoughts in words. The poets recite their poems exactly as intended and describe not only the meaning of the poems, but also the writing process. This offers ideas and encouragement for students to attempt their own poetry.
SUMMARY: In My Own Voice is a truly beautiful multi-media experience of art, music and poetry. Because of the cultural diversity presented in this program, whether a student is inspired by the art, the music, the poetry, or the poets themselves, this program is bound to have a profound effect. The program can be used across curriculums and, that, combined with its reasonable price, makes it an appropriate and affordable addition to school software collections.
THE POETS AND THEIR WORKS
Miguel Algarin: "On Eleventh Street, Barrio Obrero. (Sep-
tember 11, 1941)," "In Santurce's Light," "At the Electronic
Lucille Clifton: "on the inner city," "light," "this morning"
Joy Harjo: "New Orleans," "White Bear," "Remember"
Stanley Kunitz: "The Portrait," "An Old Cracked Tune," "The Layers"
Li-Young: "The Gift," "Mnemonic," "I Ask My Mother to Sing"
Pat Mora: "Senora X No More," "Immigrants," "Elena"
Naomi Shihab Nye: "Famous," "West Side," "Walking Down Blanco Road"
Linda Pastan: "Grudnow," "Rachel," "Subway"
Quincy Troupe: "My Poems Have Holes Sewn into Them," "The Old People Speak of Death," "Passing on the Legacy"
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