Francisco X. Alarcon
Poetry Writing Project #3 Option: B
Why do we send our children to schools? We want to prepare them for the future. In this process of preparation teachers are responsible for teaching students how to read, write, think critically and speak correctly. While it is the responsibility of the teacher to teach students how to be literate there are many challenges that they have to overcome. One of the main connections with illiteracy is poverty. This is prevalent in our current diverse community with the continued rise of child poverty. The following poet can show us a realistic perspective because he had to face adversity and comes from a family with illiteracy problems.
“The X in My Name”
By Francisco X. Alarcon
of my illiterate
in a deceiving
contract for life
The poem above appealed to me not only because I aspire to become a teacher, but because my grandparents are illiterate immigrants. It is one of my goals to help eliminate the problem of illiteracy.
Works Found in Our Text by This Author
Frontera/Border, 887 and X in My Name, The, 935
Image 1 -Portrait of Francisco X. Alarcon. Digital image. Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation, 2015. Web. 08 Dec. 2015.
"Francisco X. Alarcón." Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation, n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2015. <http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/francisco-x-alarcon#poet>.
This website was easy to navigate and contained some examples of Alarcon’s work along with some basic demographic information. Overall it may not be the best resource for an in depth research paper but at a glance it allows you to get acquainted with the Poet.
"Francisco X. Alarcon." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2015. Literature Resource Center. Web. 9 Dec. 2015.
This was a great biography article that had personal information, his career, awards he had received and list of all his completed works. When I searched this poet using the Literature Resource Center 21 articles came up. Of the 21 articles which came up 2 were biographies, 3 literature criticism and 16 reviews and news articles. I chose this biography article because it is the most recent and is set up in a format that is not difficult to understand.