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The Teachers’ Corner is for teachers, students, and all writers to share classroom activities, writing starters, and personal writing strategies to help get the words flowing. Here you will find specific teaching strategies and samples of resulting student work. We hope you will visit often, comment, and contribute your own ideas. Teachers may request classroom visits, writing workshops, and readings by selected Bamboo Ridge authors. Online posting of student work is also available by prior arrangement. Please contact us for details: 626-1481 or brinfo@bambooridge.com.

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Four Voices in Renshi: Revisiting the Massie Affair


RENSHI POETS: ANN INOSHITA,  JEAN TOYAMA,  JUJUBE ,  PLEOPARD

The Massie Case obsessed all of America in the early 1930s and remains one of the most controversial events in Hawai`i history. The case highlighted racial conflicts between locals and recently arrived haoles (military personnel, government representatives, and the territorial haole elite). On September 12, 1931, Thalia Massie, wife of Naval officer Thomas Massie, was allegedly assaulted and raped in Waikiki by five local men. What followed were two notorious trials that threatened to undermine the delicate racial balance of the Territory of Hawai`i. When a mistrial was declared and the five local men accused of the assault were set free, Lt. Massie, Thalia's mother Grace Fortescue, and two enlisted men kidnapped and murdered one of the defendants, Joseph Kahahawai. Arrested and charged with manslaughter, the four haole defendants were represented by the famous lawyer Clarence Darrow. When they were found guilty of manslaughter, Territorial Governor Lawrence Judd commuted their sentences to one hour served in his company. (Adapted from Dennis Carroll’s article in Kumu Kahua’s Viewer’s Guide .

This project was funded, in part, by a grant from the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities (HCH)--a development partner of Bamboo Ridge Press.


LATEST RENSHI POSTINGS
 
Gave it all away
by pleopard
You could say
by pleopard
To Die
by pleopard
If the Walls Could Talk
by pleopard
Joins the Battle ( a three-part act in 60 seconds)
by pleopard
What Are They
by pleopard
August 2011/ 1931
by pleopard



ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Massie Trial at Wikipedia
The Massie case: Injustice and courage at Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
American Experience: The Massie Affair at PBS Hawaii
Racism and corruption in the Massie Trial at YouTube
Tane talks about the Massie Case at YouTube.



TEACHERS' CORNER FEATURE ARTICLES

Feature articles by members of Teachers' Corner.  
Priory Students 'Write Like Wing Tek Lum'
Published by Haken | Wednesday, December 12, 2012 9:18 PM
Wing Tek Lum visits St. Andrew's Priory School to read and discuss pieces from his upcoming collection, 'The Nanjing Massacre: Poems.'
Mililani Hughes on the Volcano Renshi workshop
Published by Jean Toyama | Sunday, July 15, 2012 9:48 PM
A participant's view of the Volcano Renshi workshop. (See my blog).
Volcano Renshi Workshop: 'Ama'uma'u Renshi
Published by Jean Toyama | Sunday, July 15, 2012 9:34 PM
Each group decided on the line up; the first person pulled out from an envelope a piece of paper with a line taken from No Choice but to Follow. This line was the basis of the title of the link. Each member had seven minutes to write a poem using the last line of the preceding link.
Volcano Renshi Workshop: 'Olapa Renshi
Published by Jean Toyama | Sunday, July 15, 2012 9:28 PM
Each group decided on the line up; the first person pulled out from an envelope a piece of paper with a line taken from No Choice but to Follow. This line was the basis of the title of the link. Each member had seven minutes to write a poem using the last line of the preceding link. (By chance Doodie picked a line from the first link of NCbtF. Enjoy!
Teachers Talk Back: on poets in the classroom
Published by darrel | Saturday, March 26, 2011 12:23 AM
Teachers respond to poetry readings and workshops by the BR renshi poets: Jean Toyama, Juliet Kono, Ann Inoshita, and Christy Passion.
Brien Hallet reviews Juliet Kono's Anshu
Published by Haken | Thursday, October 28, 2010 12:15 PM
Brien Hallet, Associate Professor at the University of Hawai'i's Institute for Peace reviews Juliet Kono's novel, 'Anshu'
Renshi Workshop
Published by Ann Inoshita | Tuesday, September 21, 2010 7:19 PM
Ann Inoshita shares idea generating techniques with students, and students produce their own renshi poems.
They Can Do It
Published by Jujube | Thursday, September 02, 2010 10:17 AM
My write-up shows the steps I took in getting the students to write their own renshi. The process was simple: 1. playing a word association game like--river, rocks; rocks, roll; roll, cinammon and so on. 2. dividing the class into small groups of four or five; 3. writing my own poem and having the first writer in the groups take my last line to start their own poems; 4. reading their own poems; 5. pasting all of the poems, showing the sequence, and pasting the final scroll of poems on the board.
Kickstarting Poetic Vibes
Published by PLEOPARD | Tuesday, August 24, 2010 10:15 AM
Tips on how to motivate the creative process for the uninitiated poetry student/teacher.
Priory Students Follow in Renshi Writers’ Footsteps by Dr. Joan Perkins
Published by joykc | Monday, August 23, 2010 8:07 AM
A reading by Mavis Hara and Ann Inoshita touched off a renshi-writing craze at St. Andrew’s Priory School.



TEACHERS' CORNER PROSE AND POETRY

Prose and poetry by members of Teachers' Corner.  
Small Miracles
Published by Jujube | Sunday, March 15, 2015 8:11 AM
Student poems from Kanuikapono School: Introduction to Renshi
Pearl City High School Students write under pressure: BRAVO!!
Published by Jean Toyama | Saturday, April 23, 2011 12:47 AM
During a 15 minute workshop students broke up into pairs and wrote links in 5-10 minutes
2012 Renshi from Ma‘ema‘e Elementary School
Published by Ann Inoshita | Thursday, February 09, 2012 6:33 PM
Maui Students Want to Renshi
Published by Jean Toyama | Tuesday, April 19, 2011 5:15 AM
Students who learned about renshi at the Celebrate Reading events want to try a hand at it.
Renshi from Kapi‘olani Community College
Published by Ann Inoshita | Thursday, September 15, 2011 7:17 PM
Renshi from Celebrate Reading at UHM
Published by Ann Inoshita | Sunday, April 17, 2011 5:26 AM
Second Renshi from Saint Andrew's Priory
Published by Jean Toyama | Sunday, May 01, 2011 10:14 PM
Students from another class continue the renshi started a while ago
Renshi from Ma‘ema‘e Elementary School
Published by Ann Inoshita | Friday, April 15, 2011 5:55 PM



TEACHERS' CORNER BLOGS

Blog entries by members of Teachers' Corner.  
Workshop at Halau Ku Mana
Published by Jean Toyama | Saturday, October 17, 2015 5:50 PM
Ku'u Home
Published by Jean Toyama | Friday, February 13, 2015 9:56 PM
A day at Waianae High School
Published by Jean Toyama | Saturday, September 26, 2015 10:54 PM
Gretchen?
Published by Jean Toyama | Friday, November 08, 2013 7:38 AM
Primingthepump Exercise
Published by Jean Toyama | Monday, March 02, 2015 9:15 PM