17. Purest Poison

If Type 2 diabetes could speak, what would she say? Find out in “Purest Poison” written by Joshua Merchant and performed by Joyce Lee.


   50 years ago, fewer than 1 out of 100 Americans had diabetes. Now, 1 in 10 do. At this rate 1 out of 3…

   Nearly 1 in 2 children of color will get diabetes in their lifetime


Purest Poison Lesson Plan

Leading Questions:
What do you consider poison? Is it a thing? Substance? Energy? What different poisons do we allow in our bodies?

Illustrate, list or describe 3 poisons you allow in your body. Describe or draw the effects before and after the poison is introduced.

WARNING: Graphic Images.

What poisons have been introduced in our communities without our permission? Where do they come from? Who provides or sells these poisons? Where are they distributed?

Write a personification poem with an unhealthy poison as the character. What do they say? How do they feel? What do they want? Who do they want to poison? How do they feel about it?

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Wrap Up:
What can counter the poisons of our lives? What has the power to heal us?

The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture