7800 Meadowdale Lane, Charlotte, NC 28212
704 568 3739
Program Description: (Performance) Poet/Performer Grace C. Ocasio is at home reciting in cafes, libraries, and poetry slam venues as well as colleges and universities. Her performance style is part Gil Scott-Heron, part Angela Davis, two early role models of hers. She draws a lot from history when writing her poems. For example, she has written on the colonial Native American figure Matoaka (famously known as Pocahontas) as well as contemporary figures like Mother Hale, Angela Davis, Audrey Hepburn, and Anne Frank, to name a few. A great admirer of the performing arts (acting in particular), she credits Judy Garland, Ruby Dee, Cicely Tyson, and Barbra Streisand for inspiring her to add elements of drama to her performance (reciting of poems). In addition, she occasionally performs as a historical character as when she portrays Sojourner Truth (“Ain’t I A Woman”). Thus, Ms. Ocasio focuses on teaching students about modern historical figures who have inspired her. As a performer, Ms. Ocasio prefaces her poems on contemporary American and European figures with biographical information that highlights major points on historical figures. Ms. Ocasio also encourages students to ask her questions on the figures as to what specific characteristics they possessed that made them great role models for future generations of Americans. In turn, Ms. Ocasio solicits responses from her audience as to who their present-day role models are and challenges them to write poems on their heroes. Time permitting, students will be encouraged to pen a few lines on their favorite figures. Ms. Ocasio also informs students regarding her writing process when writing poetry as well as discussing her background as a poet––how she got her start and developed as a poet.
Grace C Ocasio
throughout the year
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
sound system with one microphone
at your school
$150 per performance
W4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (In my case, I will be presenting my original poetry that will be suitable for a young audience.)
SL4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (In my case, I will enunciate [stress] words that are critical to the poem’s meaning, pause at parts in the poem when I’d like for students to slow down and dwell on the words spoken.)
L1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. (In this case, students will follow the poem and notice that most lines of the poem combine to create complete sentences.)
Theatre C1 Use movement, voice, and writing to communicate ideas and feelings.
Theatre A1 Analyze literary texts and performances.
Theatre CU.1 Analyze theatre in terms of the social, historical, and cultural contexts in which it was created.
I charge half my fee, which would be $75.00, in the event of a cancellation on the part of a given school if cancellation takes place less than ten days prior to the event.