Suggested Classroom Activity
Use this list of questions in response to reading Joyce Carol Thomas’s, I Have Heard of a Land.
Adopted from http://title3.sde.state.ok.us/library/itv/thomas/thomasact.html
Questions for Further
1. Thomas experienced prejudice
when she was a young girl growing up in Ponca City, Oklahoma. How do explain her devotion to our state now?
2. Do you think that growing up
in a big family influenced Thomas as a writer?
3. What personal qualities seem
to make Thomas a poet?
4. In her poetry collection I Have
Heard of a Land, which is set in Oklahoma, Thomas writes, "I have heard of a land where the imagination has no fences." What
kind of fences do you think she means?
5. Thomas always says that that
she thinks of the characters in her novels and her poems as real people. How would that make her a better writer?
Compare Thomas's use
of the word fences with Robert Frost's use of the term in "Mending Wall." Then write a line using the word yourself.