Comparing Queens of the Past and Present

In this lesson, students compare the queens of ancient history with women who they define as queens of their generation by using Janelle Monae’s song “Q.U.E.E.N.” Students will also learn to express themselves poetically in their definitions of today’s queens.


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Lesson tags: Creative Writing, Eighth, History, Music, Ninth, Pop Culture, Tenth


MrJeffDess MrJeffDess is a writer, professor, public speaker and emcee of Haitian descent and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Campus Life at New Jersey City University. Born and raised in Jamaica Queens, MrJeffDess stayed in New York City and hit the poetic and leadership scene full force in 2001 at St. John’s University. Along with receiving a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature his career at St. John’s would mark the beginning of a journey towards a variety of literary genres and leadership types.