Singing Contralto – Found Poem

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When Marian Sang:  The True Recital of Marian Anderson, The Voice of a Century – Pam Munoz Ryan

Last year I found this biographical picture book.  I fell in love with it.  There are so many ways to use it in the library and the classroom.  First it is a biography.  Second it has to do with the Civil Rights Movement.  Then I think of Core Standards and I think of what primary sources are available.  I also think of research.  My question – Did the DAR prevent Marian Anderson from singing at the DAR Constitution Hall or was it the decision of the manager, Fred E. Hand?

I recently learned of “Found Poetry”.  The poem -“Contralto Singing” is the found poem I wrote based on the text at the site It is my first found poem.

I am also experimenting with audio and qr codes for the classroom.  My idea is to open a “Poetry Cafe”.  Students will read aloud their own work and share it with their families online.

Tools I’m experimenting with:
Voice Thread
Garage Band

QR codes
QR stuff

Poetry Cafe

Singing Contralto – Found Poetry

You can also listen to the recording by going to

Singing Contralto (Found Poem by Ruth Ferris)

Family on Webster Street
Simple dignity, charming

A voice

Lincoln Memorial Concert -1939.

A voice heard
Once in a hundred years

Emotional impact
Broke color barrier – 1955

Emotional impact
A  singing legacy

Marian Anderson

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I'm a curious person. Interested in stories, history, people, research. I am passionate about finding a cure for Alzheimer's; and helping others who are now care givers for loved ones. I enjoy reading and currently using picture books as mentor texts wit

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