Lesson plans and poems
The author's official site.
Childhood Remembrances: Life and Art Intersect in Nikki Giovanni's "Nikki-Rosa"
Adapted from Carol Jago's Nikki Giovanni in the Classroom, this lesson invites students to explore what Jago calls the place "where life and art intersect" by completing a close reading of Giovanni's poem and then writing about childhood memories of their own, modeled on Giovanni's poem. This lesson is designed for middle school.
Contemporary Ohio Poets: Ann E. Michael, Anthony Libby, and Nikki Giovanni
The lessons for "Legacies" and "Kidnap Poem" begin on page 7 and are designed for grade 8. Students use these poems as models for their own poem of at least 20 lines, which they then explicate. This 9-page document requires Adobe Reader.
Five Tips for Writing a Love Poem
In this short podcast the poet offers suggestions for writing a love poem.
Learning Metaphor from a Nikki Giovanni Model
Students read "The World is not a Pleasant Place to Be" and write their own stanzas to continue the metaphor. This page requires Adobe Reader for access.
The poet's home page includes biography, bibliography, more.
Text of some poems.
The Poetics of Hip-Hop
Giovanni, Saul Williams, and Shakespeare combine to provide students with a greater understanding of rhythm, form, diction, and sound in poetry.
This 3-page document includes discussion questions and a timeline for the Civil Rights Movement. Access requires Adobe Reader or compatible application.
Say it Loud
Scroll down for a link to an audiofile of Giovanni reading from "Ego Tripping," more.
A Video Interview with Nikki Giovanni
Short video interviews from Reading Rockets. Follow links on the left to biography, bibliography, and transcripts.