Thursday, August 7, 2008

Blog of Poems- Student Assignment

Presentation of Unit-

Introduction to Poetry

Poetry Presentations

Welcome to Poetry. Poetry can and should be an important part of our daily lives. Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race. By just spending a few minutes reading a poem each day, new worlds can be revealed.
Poetry is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem. Listening to poetry can encourage students and other learners to become members of the circle of readers for whom poetry is a vital source of pleasure. I hope Poetry becomes an important and enriching part of the school day.

Task Requirements:

Relevant to Curriculum

Age: Middle School - Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced 6-8

Standards- Based

1 - Students read a wide range of print and nonprint texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment. 2 - Students read a wide range of literature from many periods in many genres to build an understanding of the many dimensions (e.g., philosophical, ethical, aesthetic) of human experience.

3 - Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features (e.g., sound-letter correspondence, sentence structure, context, graphics).

8 - Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.

11 - Students participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and critical members of a variety of literacy communities.


Students will make their own Blog of Poems
Students will write 5 different poems
After we are finished, students will respond to their classmates poems

In their 5 poems they will use poetic elements -- imagery (simile,metaphor,personification, etc.); sound devices (rhyme, rhythm, alliteration, etc.); and any others from your class handout.
Analysis of how the poet's use of images and poetic techniques reveals and develops the theme of the poem
A Poem
By Alicia Keys

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Oral / Visual / Multimedia Requirements:
Reading (or even performance) of the poem
Visual representation for teaching (overhead transparencies, web page, PowerPoint show, posters, etc.
Handout with poetic elements identified and analyzed
Bibliography with three text references and three websites

Lesson Plans
Step 1: Getting Started
Here's a place to begin. This is a very silly description I wrote.
You could write a silly description of yourself, or a serious one.
My nose is blue,
my teeth are green,
my face is like a soup tureen.
I look just like a lima bean.
I'm very, very lovely.
My feet are far too short and LONG.
My hands are left and right and wrong.
My voice is like the hippo's song.
I'm very, very, very, very, very, very lovely?
Step 2: Write your own Poem
Now you try it. Here are some challenges that should help you begin writing.
Write a description of something that interests you, something you know very well — your cat, dog, or bird. If you don't have a pet, how about a stuffed animal? Or your running shoes, or the picture in your room that has been there so long you don't look at it anymore.
Now take a long look at the subject you have chosen. Think about it.
What makes it special?
Does your dog have long ears that look like old socks? Write that. Do your running shoes light up when you run at night? Write that. What color are the lights? Where are they on your shoes? Pay attention to little things, the details that make your shoes or the dog or that picture on the wall different from something else. Don't write that your dog is "nice" or that a picture is "pretty." Instead, write about those things that make something nice or pretty. When you write this way, you are making a picture out of words. This is a word picture of my cat's nose: There is no nose I know no nose I think no point as pale and pink. A rose among fur snows. If I could choose to be a snoot as suitable as it that sits on Toots I would have chose to be that very nose.There is a lot of rhyming in those lines. And there are lots of words that almost rhyme and sound funny together, like nose and know, and snoot and suitable. Rhyming is fun to read, but a poem does not have to rhyme. Many wonderful poems do not rhyme at all.
Now, you have written a description of something you know well. Try describing something new to you. Take a walk outside and find something you have never looked at closely ? the street light, the sky at 4:30 in the afternoon. As you write this description, listen carefully to the sounds of the words you use, and to their rhymes — but try not to rhyme. Just concentrate on making a picture of what you see.
"There is no Nose" from To Ride a Butterfly, © 1991.
When you've finished your description, put your work down for a little while. Walk the dog or make yourself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Now go back and read your words again. Do you still like them? Is there something you think could be better? Try changing it. Here are a few things to look for:
One way to see how your words sound is to read them aloud to yourself or someone else. Do they make you see the light fading in the sky? How do you like the way your words sound together?
Do the words you have written express a feeling? If a friend reads your words, will he or she feel what you have felt?
Don't be afraid to change your words. Reread what you've written several times. The better you know it, the better you will know if it needs to be changed, or if it says what you want to say as it is.
If you like to draw, try illustrating one of the descriptions you have written. Writing and drawing make a good combination, and each one helps you to see things more sharply.
When your poem is complete publish it online to share with other kids
Step 3: Writing Process... Revising, Editing...Celebrating

Step 4: Publishing Online

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