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Phyllis Wheatley - Biography

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Enjoy this interesting, short "biography" about Phyllis Wheatley and her poem "His Excellency General Washington" (an ode to George Washington). In the video, historian Alexis Coe reads...more
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Enjoy this interesting, short "biography" about Phyllis Wheatley and her poem "His Excellency General Washington" (an ode to George Washington). In the video, historian Alexis Coe reads the last verse of Wheatley's poem and describes Washington's reaction (and adds a bit of her own opinion of Washington). She then describes Wheatley's experience as a slave, which was quite different from what other slaves experienced. A lot of information is packed into this 2:45 video! If you use a "pop-up blocker" or "ad blocker," be sure to disable it to view this video.

tag(s): african american (92), biographies (86), black history (80), poetry (180)

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Use this short video when studying any of Phyllis Wheatley's poems, types of poetry, George Washington, or the American Revolution. Since the historian in this video is rather opinionated, use a tool like Padlet, reviewed here, to ask students questions about the video and their opinion about the statements made by Alexis Coe. Padlet allows you to create columns for posting in categories (or for different questions). You may want to allow students to choose which questions to answer.

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