Mel Motel

In addition to teaching, Mel Motel works with Prison Legal News and is a member of Vermont Action for Political Prisoners and Southern Vermont Undoing Racism.

People’s Poetry: Rap Music in Social Justice Curriculum

“The revolution’s here, the revolution is personal.”
—Talib Kweli, “Beautiful Struggle”

I have a wonderful, multidimensional trade.

As a Vermont English teacher, I am accountable to the State of Vermont for designing curriculum and assessing students using state standards. For example, a lesson plan might be guided by an objective like “5.11 Literary Elements and Devices: Students use literary elements and devices—including theme, plot, style, and metaphor—to analyze, compare, interpret, and create literature.”