come celebrate

by Joseph Green

Writing Workshop

Workshop Title: Celebrate

Step 1

Ask your students to discuss somebody they celebrate. Why do they celebrate this person? Briefly discuss.

Step 2

Watch the poem “come celebrate” by Joseph Green. When you’re done, briefly discuss the poem. In what ways does the speaker celebrate his mother? And why does he celebrate her?

Step 3

Say, “Choose one person whom you believe is “worthy” of celebration. Then come up with a list of reasons why this person should be celebrated.” Then give them a few minutes to brainstorm.

Step 4

Ask your students to compose a poem similar in sentiment to “come celebrate” by Joseph Green in which you celebrate the life of somebody whom you admire or look up to.

Step 5

When the students are done, have them share their responses with one another.

The full presentation may be found HERE.

Analytical Lesson

Area of Focus: Various

Step 1

This lesson allows students to analyze various concepts and skills, so it is recommended that you have covered several of the “standalone” lessons before assigning this one.

Step 2

Simply start by reading or watching “come celebrate” by Joseph Green with your class. Then break the class into small groups and have them discuss the poem. Their discussion does not need to be hyper-focused; just have them talk about the meaning of the work as a whole and how they arrived at those conclusions. After about 10 minutes, ask your students to briefly share their insights.

Step 3

Ask your students to open the following document and go over the introduction and instructions with them. In this assignment, your students are going to look at an AI generated analysis of the piece then examine the ways in which the essay can be revised and improved upon. Then give your students time to work.

Step 4

When the students are done, have them share their responses with the rest of the class.

Step 5

Share the exemplar essay to show them where the AI generated essay falls short in comparison to an authentic, human being produced response.

Lesson Details

Lesson Info


  • Various


  • Appreciation
  • Children / Youth
  • Class
  • Community / Culture
  • Family
  • Friendship
  • History
  • Joy
  • Love
  • Parenting
  • Race / Ethnicity / Racism

Literary Tags

  • Diction
  • Figurative Language
  • Selection of Detail
  • Sound Devices
  • Structure (Syntax)
  • Tone