ISALC: ESL 411: College Prep. Reading/Writing
Diversity and Civil Rights in the U.S.

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Diamond Poems

Students chose the themes for these poems based on their study of slavery and viewing of the video series "Roots".

Note: Kunta and Toby refer to the name of the main character in "Roots" before and after he was captured and made a slave.

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Dai Ichikawa

Black
Chained, sad
Sweating, struggling, escaping
Poverty, hell, liberty, wealth
Sitting, laughing, chasing
Free, happy,
White

Gambian
Black, slave
Crying, working, dying
Poverty, sadness, wealth, happiness
Smiling, playing, killing
White, free
Colonist

Fahad Al Rajhi


Eri Maruyama

Hold
Musty, gloomy
Crying, rebelling, dying
Hunger, resentment, joy, cleanliness Breathing, laughing, chatting
Elevated, fresh
Deck

Kunta
Free, comfortable
Laughing, crying, existing
Human, delight, scream, animal
Obeying, repeating, learning
Restrictive, painful
Toby

Taka Watanabe


Mayu Ohtsuka

Harmony
Credulous, kind
Showing, cooperating, whispering
Equality, tolerance, discrimination, prejudice
Concealing, resisting, yelling
Suspicious, greedy
Chaos

Birth
Ecstatic, hopeful
Encouraging, stabilizing, pleasing
Health, heaven, hell, illness
Discouraging, overbearing, gloomy
Obsessive, desperate
Death
 

Anonymous


Ryoko Tomita

Kunta
Disobedient, happy
Liking, enjoying, cooperating
Courage, confidence, depression, conflict
Denying, fearing, confusing
Submissive, sad
Toby

Birth
Painful, hopeful
Sweating, trembling, screaming
Wait, outside, smile, frown
Crying, weeping, leave taking
Fearful, relief
Death

Mayumi Nanri


Tomoko Kakiya
Birth
Live, future
Laughing, hoping, living
Children, innocence, person, disease
Crying, thinking, dying
Darkness, heaven
Death

Chain
Hard, cold
Crying, shackling, biting
Obedience, restriction, punishment, order
Tearing, whipping, singing
Hot, soft
Whip
Anonymous

 


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