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How are artists reacting to the current economic situation? <p/> Poet Bob Hicok was born and raised in Michigan, worked in factories and once owned an automotive die design business there before becoming a professor at Virginia Tech. His poetry reflects on the economic hardships suffered in his home state.<p/> His poem, "In These Times," Hicok reflects on unemployment in a small town and its affects on families and communities.<p/> For more on how to incorporate this poetry reading into the classroom, see the discussion questions also included in this Unit.


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  • Grade 9
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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-12-02.

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The resources contained within the this Open Educational Resources module contain five units generated by professors who work with pre-service teachers. Each unit spans between 2 and 4 weeks of time and can be used independently or together. Each session allows students to work alone or in a group to write response papers and upload them onto an OER website. Important vocabulary and key websites are included. A history of copywrite laws, and a detailed process of creating a webquest are clearly outlined and engaging. Finally, students can learn the practical application of using Web 2.0 and wiki’s as a means to enhance 21st century literacy tools by helping to write a digital textbook for Curriki. All in all. very worthwhile and ready to use in many teacher development courses.

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