Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill

Recommended Grades: 4-6

Dave was an important American artist.  Dave was a potter and a slave, who was gifted in the way of words.  Not only did Dave create pottery, he added a poem to each one.

Note: This month, I will share several Black Eyed Susan nominees.  The Black-Eyed Susan Committee of the Maryland Association of School Librarians nominates books each fall. Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave is a 2011-2012 nominee.


Lesson Idea:

Trait: Word Choice: After reading aloud Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, discuss the author’s use of words to describe the life of Dave.  In the author’s note in the back, Hill describes how he began his own poem about Dave to create this intriguing picture book.  How does the author use poetry to describe Dave’s life?  How does he use descriptive words? Encourage students to work with words to create a writing piece that is descriptive and perhaps, poetic.

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