Our poetry unit will focus on both the analysis of poetry as well as the writing of original poetry of your own. Yes, I just said YOU will be WRITING POETRY! But don"t be afraid, it's not as hard as you think!
GUIDING QUESTION: To what extent is creativity a learned process versus an innate ability?
1st Assignment: Poetry Terms Review- This is an in class assignment that will be done 20-23 October. You will turn it in at the beginning of the period on 24 October.
2nd Assignment: Scansion Exercise - This is also in class and will be done 31 October.
3rd Assignment: Poetry and Craft
Students will utilize the Daybook of Critical Reading and Writing (pgs. 183-190) to study poetic form and how it relates to meaning. Because there is only a class set of Daybooks, this will be done in class only. If students are absent they will need to come after school to make up work. The assignment will be done 4-7 November.
4th Assignment: Poetry Analysis
Students will analyze the following poems: "Oranges" by Gary Soto, "That Time of Year Thou Mayst in Me Behold (Sonnet 73) by William Shakespeare, "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou, "Because I Could not Stop for Death" by Emily Dickinson, "On My First Son" by Ben Jonson, and "Mending Wall" by Robert Frost. This is an in-class assignment and will be spread over multiple days during the 2nd and 3rd weeks in November.
5th Assignment: Poetry Out Loud:
Students will choose a poet to research from a given list. They will then select a poem by the author and make a presentation to the class that includes a brief biography of their poet, a 4-7 sentence intro to the poem and reading of the poem. (Due 17 November). Research and preparation for this assignment will be done outside of class.
6th Assignment: Writing a Poem:
Write an original poem. The poem should create an experience for the reader by provoking feelings and thoughts. The language and sound devices (refer to poetry terms) should complement and contribute to the meaning. Use at least three poetry devices and write at least 14 lines (you can have as many lines as you want as long as you at least have 14.) You mus also have a 4-7 sentence explanation of your poem. This poem will be written outside of class. (Due 21 Nov). Here is an example of the format I want you to use when typing your poem and explanation: Poem Format Example
7th Assignment: Poetry Commentary
Students will choose one poem (from any of the poems we have studied in class) and write a commentary of 750 - 1000 words. This essay will be written outside of class. (Due 1 Dec)
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