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A Life's Journey Through Poetry 2018

A Life’s Journey Through Poetry

Many people who face harships grow from them, and then are wildly successful anyway. People like Oprah Winfrey, who was fired from her job as a television reporter to later become one of the most powerful female voices on television. Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, was a college drop out who was fired from his own company only to return and create the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, which are some of the most innovative and world-changing inventions of our time.

I say this because everyone can be proud of something. We all face hardships in our lives. We all overcome the bad times. We are all still here even though life isn't easy. I want you to show others what has made you who you are today and your dreams for the future.

You will create your poetry collection showcasing who you are.  

Driving Question: How does writing poetry capture the places we've been, the places we are, and the places we're going?

Project Requirements:
Students review and identify characteristics of poetry including sound effects, figurative language, and graphic elements. Students collect different poems centered on a selected theme or topic and compare the different collected forms of poetry by looking at the characteristics related to the purpose of each form.  Students will also write original poems on their selected theme/topic and include poetic techniques, figurative language, and graphic elements. 
You will choose two of the following types of poems to write and include in your poetry showcase. This collection will be written in a Google document. Make sure to start each poem on a new page within the same document. (When you submit the collection you should only share one document.)

Poetry Stations:
Station #1-Rhyme Scheme
Station #2- Anaylzing Poetry Collection 3-figurative language
Station #3- Anaylzing Poetry Collection 1-sound devices
Station #4- “Still I Rise” Maya Angelou- analyze for literary devices
Station #5- Comparing Literary Works: Poetry and Prose 
Station #6- Understanding Poetry-Texas Gateway.org
Station #8- Poetry Forms

Poetry Collection

1. Collection will include:

CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

REQUIRED:

2. Collection will also include a published poem:
     -Find a published poem that addresses the driving question.
     -​Remember to include the title and poet of each poem.

3. Respond to Poetry: Choose any two poems in your collection and compare and contrast the relationship between the purpose and characteristics of the poetic forms including the effectiveness of poetic techniques, figurative language, and graphic elements. Answer the following questions for each poem:

  1. What was the purpose of the poem?
  2. What sound devices were in the poem?
  3. What graphic elements were in the poem?
  4. What literary language and devices were in the poem?
  5. How do these characteristics relate to the purpose of the poem?

4. Memorize- "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost (Last Day to Recite Poem: Tuesday, February 6, 2018).

 

Project Resources
Learning About Poetry Resource from Literature Book
Published Poems Resource Poems for Young People
Ode Poems
The Poetry Foundation

Task 1: “Exploring Roots” (Where I’m From)  Download brainstorming sheet.
     Fill out brainstorming sheet with your personal information.
     Read sample “Where I’m From” poems.
     Write your own “Where I’m From” poem using the information from your brainstorming sheet and anything else you would like        to include.
Task 2: “The Persona Poem” (I Am)
     Write your persona poem modeling the “I Am” poem.
     Read the sample poem to help you get ideas.
Task 3: “ What Shapes You?” (Shape Poem)
     Write a concrete/shape poem that illustrates relates to the driving question.
Task 4: “Your Choice” (Ode, Sonnet, Elegy, Ballad)
     Write your original poem in a particular poetic form.

 


 

English Language Arts | Knowledge/Skill Statement
8.4.0 Comprehension of Literary Text/Poetry. Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of poetry and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. Students are expected to compare and contrast the relationship between the purpose and characteristics of different poetic forms (e.g., epic poetry, lyric poetry). (2009-10)

English Language Arts | Knowledge/Skill Statement
8.8.0 Comprehension of Literary Text/Sensory Language. Students understand, make inferences and draw conclusions about how an author's sensory language creates imagery in literary text and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. Students are expected to explain the effect of similes and extended metaphors in literary text. (2009-10)

English Language Arts | Supporting
8.15.B Write a poem using: (i) poetic techniques (e.g., rhyme scheme, meter); (ii) figurative language (e.g., personification, idioms, hyperbole); and (iii) graphic elements (e.g., word position).