Abstract 10, Volume 8, Number 2, Summer 2013

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave

Sarah E. Montgomery and Lauren Hanzelka

 University of Northern Iowa


After reading Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, students will discuss the life of Dave and the issues he faced growing up as a slave and an artist.  Students will practice using descriptive language to create their own interpretation of the illustrations of Dave’s experiences.  Discussion of Dave’s powerful poetry and his active citizenship during a time of struggle allows students to dig deeper into the life of this inspiring individual.  To conclude the lesson, students are encouraged to design and create an arts-based service-learning project based on the question, “How can we use our artistic talents to take action and help our community?”

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