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Deidre's Book Reviews

Suggested Response Activity
True Believer
The Tale of Despereaux
The Giver
The First Part Last
A Single Shard
How Angel Peterson Got His Name
SHAKA: King of the Zulus
The Gold Cadillac
Freedman's Voice that Challenged A Nation
Messages in the Mailbox
Seymour's Stars
Author Study: Joyce Carol Thomas
My Favorite Joyce Carol Thomas Books
Suggested Response Activity
Review of Thomas's Hush Songs
Review of Thomas's Gingerbread Days
Ride a Purple Pelican
My Momma Likes to Say
My Man Blue
Beast Feast
The Stinky Cheese Man
Once Upon A Time
My Friend Rabbit
Caring for Your Pets
Two Bad Ants


Suggested Classroom Activity


Use this list of questions in response to reading Joyce Carol Thomas’s, I Have Heard of a Land.



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Questions for Further Thought



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?





Try This:
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.


Last updated: March 2, 2005