Jasmine Harris

Jasmine Harris

Literature
Central Region
Conway, AR
501-908-2855
[email protected]


Creative writing, specifically, poetry can be incorporated in the educational setting in several manners. Poetry can be utilized to garner an understanding of figurative language and various literary texts. Producing creative writing also equips one with writing, comprehension, and emotional intelligence skills aligning with common core standards. One residency program I am interested in implementing is the Write to Live camp. This camp focuses on creative writing, specifically poetry, and the benefits to mental health and classroom behavior for secondary students. The goals of the program are to develop an understanding of figurative language and diverse word choice, the evaluation of figurative language across creative writing (poetry), and the creation and thus submission of a poetry manuscript. The program contents and resources include LCD Projector/computer/Internet access, Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur and/or Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell as an instructional tool, Figurative Language posters (to be hung around the room), construction paper, and lined, writing paper. The expected outcomes of the program are development of a 30 page poetry manuscript, incorporation of figurative language and specific poetry form within manuscript, and poetry manuscript submission. Prerequisites for students and teachers include Skills and Knowledge expected of students: a genuine interest in poetry writing, Google application literacy, and awareness of the types of figurative language, as well as a familiarity sonnet, free verse, and epic forms of poetry. Teachers are expected to have knowledge of student skill level and learning style, Google application literacy (google docs), an awareness of types of figurative language, and familiarity sonnet, free verse, and epic forms of poetry.

Available to conduct workshops for teachers and other groups.

Background

Jasmine Harris is a secondary educator for Little Rock School District living and learning in central Arkansas. She’s a certified wordsmith holding a B.A. in Linguistics, a M.A.T in Secondary Education, and an Educational Specialist degree in Building Administration. She’s also a published poet featured in the International Poetry Digest, Ink & Voices, Rigorous, etc. Author of, I May Have Been In My Feelings, a collection of poetry, focuses her writing on identity, relationships, and the climate of society. Harris frequently quotes her inspirations as Maya Angelou, Ntozake Shange, and Tupac Shakur.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: Middle/Jr High and Sr High
Geographic Availability: Statewide
Time Availability: August-May Monday - Friday 4 pm - 11:59 pm August-May Saturday-Sunday June-July any day, any time
Special Needs: Projector, computer, internet access