Tuesday, March 18, 2008

How Unpoetic

Well, sort of unpoetic. In poetry the topics can range from birth to death and from love to hate.
Today your job is to pick a topic of your choice and write about it for 4o minutes.
Do you love sports? Then write about sports.
Do you want to write about a more abstract topic? Write about hate or love, courage or cowardess.
Perhaps you can think of nothing but your life after high school. What will it be like? How will you do things differently when you are in charge of your life fully?
Are you into politics? Write.
Be sure to use the the full 40 minutes. When you are finished, visit two of your group member's sites and leave two comments about their topic of choice.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Poetry Critique

Today in class you will select one poem that you find compelling and/or beautiful.

At the bottom of this post you will find links to a few sites where you will be able to find a collection of poems to browse through.

Once you have found a poem, copy it and paste it to your blog. Please cite the website where you have copied it from. Include the author, too.

Once pasted, do the following:

1. Read it at least three more times. At least one of these readings should be done aloud. When reading aloud you will hear how deliberately the words are put together that you may miss when reading silently. It's okay if you feel goofy doing this....DO IT!!
2. Explain briefly why you selected this poem. What about it do you find interesting?
3. Comment on its title. How does the title fit the work? This may be very obvious for some pieces. For others, however, you will have to work to make connections.
4. Comment on the author's use of poetic devices. Identify two devices such as metaphor, alliteration, personification, imagery, and consonance, and point out where the author uses them. Then comment on how they influence the poem. Do they create an emphasis on a certain word or words? Do they focus the reader's attention on an image? Do they create a feeling within the poem?
5. Explain the tone of the piece. What is the tone? How did the writer succeed in creating this tone? Think about the words he/she used to create images. Consider the actual sound of the words as well.
6. Visit the sites of at least two other people in your group. Read their poems and leave a comment about their selection.

Sites for poems:


http://www.bartleby.com/113/ (This site focuses on Emily Dickenson)

If you know the author you are interested in, then http://www.poemhunter.com/langston-hughes/ is a good site to visit. Otherwise skip this one.

If you want to use a song for this assignment that is fine.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Writing Territories

Today in the lab:
1. Link your blog url to Mrs. B's computer.

2. Spend about ten minutes describing yourself as a writer. Answer the following questions:
What kinds of writing do you like to read? (Poetry, short stories, novels, etc.)
What kinds of writing do you like to write? (Poetry, short stories, scripts, etc.)
How often do you write when it is not a school assignment?
What topics most intrigue you? Explain why.

3. Pick one topic from your list of writing territories, and write about it for 25 minutes. It can be in any form you prefer- a poem (or series of poems), a short story, a narrative, a play, etc.

4. When you finis, leave visit the sites of at least two members in your blog groups. Read thier entries, and leave a brief comment about something they wrote. Perhaps you agree with something they said or perhaps you find thier topic engaging.