Introduction: This poem speaks to me through
its simplicity and enthusiasm for life and the gifts it brings. Most effective for grades five and up, the poem could be used
for younger advanced students.
By William Stanley Braithwaite
I am glad daylong for the gift of song.
For time and change and sorrow;
For the sunset wings and the world-end things
Which hang on the edge of tomorrow.
I am glad for my heart whose gates apart
Are the entrance place of wonders,
Where dreams come in from the rush and din
Like sheep from the rains and thunders.
Poetry Extension: Read the poem through
a minimum of two times allowing the
students time to visualize the feelings
the author is trying to convey.
Rhapsody can be used as a poem
representing an African-American author that lived from 1878 to 1962. Help the children to research this time period
and speculate what this author was grateful for or enthusiastic about. What major civil rights milestones occurred during
this period? To tie in with an English assignment, read To Kill a Mockingbird which was set in the 1930s.
Tie this into a social studies assignment
with the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955.
This can be followed with the theme or definition of
rhapsody, (1.Exalted or excessively enthusiastic expression of feeling in speech or writing 2.A literary work written
in an impassioned or exalted style 3.A state of elated bliss; ecstasy) Definition of Rhapsody from
the Website, www.dictionary.com
What are the students
grateful for? How do they personally define rhapsody? Have them write a poem or draw a picture showing what they are enthusiastic
prepared for a variety of answers.