I, Too by Langston Hughes, English Competition - 22 June 2020

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Last week the English department had a competition for students in Years 7, 8 and 9.
When all work was submitted, and counted, Year 7 won by one entry! They only just beat Year 9!

The challenge was to watch a video of the moving Langston Hughes poem ‘I, Too’ and to hand in a Google Form entry.

The video features the poem and is interrupted by Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.

Have a watch here, like our students have done:

Student responses

What is the poet’s message?

“We are all the same. We are all human. How would you like it if you were treated like this? Look after one another.” – Naseem Peacock

“Stop racism, slavery and inequality.” – Erin Clews

“People should not be judged by the colour of their skin. No matter a person’s race or religion, they should be accepted in society. We all need to work together and learn to love each other. People should accept one another and learn to love each other for who they are- no matter their race or religion.” – Toree Dring

What do you think this poem is about?

“This poem demonstrates a yearning for equality.” Charlie Tiller

“I think that this poem is about black people and the struggles they have faced throughout many generations. It represents their wish of being seen as normal people, in a normal society, where the colour of your skin does not define who you are.” Maria Arvinte

“Racial injustice” Elisha Lings

How does this poem link to events in the news?

“The Black Lives Matter movement seems to be making a change currently because of the traumatic death of George Floyd. Many people (all races) are protesting for black lives. – Millie Gray

“All lives matter” – Lewis Stokes

“It links to George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests” – Leo Richmond

Google Classroom

Each week, each student at Outwood Normanby has work set in each subject, on Google Classroom. To find out more about how to log on, check work set in each subject classroom, ask teachers for help, and submit completed work see our webpage: www.normanby.outwood.com/home-learning

To ask for help with log-in issues, send an email to google@normanby.outwood.com and we will ring you back to fix problems, re-set passwords, confirm student IDs etc. These were all posted home before lock-down and placed on stickers inside student planners.

We have a Google Classroom Hotline that currently runs from 9am – 11am each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Call 07593138179 for help with access.

VMG tutors are ringing tutees every 2-3 weeks to check in, via parental contact numbers. If you receive a ‘No ID’ phonecall it is likely to be from us, as staff at times will be calling from home. Please pick up if you are able.

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