"Declaration (of a Kgomotso Girl)" Lesson

Students will read and discuss "Declaration," a poem written by a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in South Africa. Students will focus reading and discussion on issues of gender as they appear in the poem.


  • Students will deepen their knowledge about the lives of people in South Africa.
  • Students will discuss how elements of poetry such as tone work to convey meaning.
  • Students will discuss similarities and differences between their lives and the lives of the poem’s characters.


  • Kgomotso: a group of people in South Africa 


Assign students to read "Declaration" silently. Then select a student or a group of students to read the poem aloud. As a class or in small groups, use the following questions to guide discussion:

  • Who are the narrators of this poem? What tone do they use?
  • What do you imagine the lives of the speakers of this poem are like?
  • What do they hope will be different in the future?
  • How does your life compare to the characters in this poem? 

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