Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education

Frank X. Walker - Writers Series
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Author:  Rachel Lowman [ Sun Nov 22, 2009 12:10 am ]
Post subject:  Frank X. Walker - Writers Series

I attended the final author in the Writers Series due to the intrigue I had with him writing for middle grades and other possible works acceptable for young adolescents. I must admit Frank X. Walker is an amazing poet and I definitely want to use his works in my Language Arts classroom. Walker actually coined the word Affrilachian for all other races left out of the Webster's definition of Appalachian. His works reflected the struggle of the Civil Rights movement on communities, individuals, and the culture as a whole. Through his work, he expresses the horrors of people's hearts in the KKK, the hidden struggles in Mississippi, lynchings, and more.

I went to the talk to see what I have missed in relation to different types of poetry and literature for the age group I want to teach. But I left learning so much more about the power of literature than I could have imagined. Though I am surrounding by literature everyday, this lecture opened my eyes even more to the importance of allowing students to express themselves and the struggles that surround them. Allowing students to be expressive, like Frank X. Walker, can only produce amazing results that can enhance the classroom and encourage 'unknown' writers to 'speak out.'

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