Tuesday, March 8, 2011

LINKS FOR AND ABOUT PHENOMENAL WOMEN!

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou (on Poem Hunter)

Pretty women wonder
where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Language note for students:

phenomenal |fəˈnämənəl| (entry in the Macbook dictionary)
adjectivevery remarkableextraordinary the town expanded at a phenomenal rate.perceptible by the senses or through immediate experience the phenomenal world.DERIVATIVESphenomenalize |ˌīz| verb (in sense 2).phenomenally adverb

More links:

The best sites for learning about women's history on Larry Ferlazzo's blog.

Learn about women breaking all barriers: womenshistorymonth.gov

Information about the International Women's Day


Posts on our students' blogs other students can comment on:

Commemoration of 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day on George's Blog

The world's 16 most rebellious women on Sotiria's Learning Journey

Jane Eyre: A woman's adventures in a male world (book summary by Izoldi)
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