Poetry Project -- Creative Writing

Poetry Unit – Creative Writing

Choose ONE of the following styles (see below: Classical Forms, Slam Poetry, OR Greeting Cards) for your unit focus and final project.

 

ALL PROJECTS, in final written form, are due Friday, October 29.

 

ALL PROJECTS must be typed, single-spaced, one poem per page.

 

ALL PROJECTS must include a set of rough drafts and revisions (stapled separately from the project) showing your improvements to the poems.

 

ALL STUDENTS must be ready to present on their project Monday, November 1, including an oral reading from one of their poems. (Slam poets may present their video or request that it be recorded then.)

 

YOUR GRADE will be based on QUANTITY (amount of poetry written, accuracy and aesthetics of final typed project), QUALITY (effective use of the poetry techniques in the purple packet) and IMPROVEMENT over your original rough drafts.

 

If you wish to earn an "A," strive for the maximum in each of each of the graded areas above, follow all instructions, AND be sure your project is turned in on time.

 


Classical FormsFinal project to include 30 to 60 lines of poetry, brilliantly inhabiting traditional forms such as those listed below.  Collection must include at least one sonnet.

 

Abecedarian

Anaphora

Ballad

Ballade

Blues Poem

The Bop

Cento

Chance Operations

Cinquain

Dramatic Monologue

Elegy

Epic

Epigram

Found Poem

Ghazal

Haiku

Limerick

Ode

OULIPO

Pantoum

Prose Poem

Renga

Rondeau

Sapphic

Sestina

Sonnet

Tanka

Terza Rima

Triolet

Villanelle


Websites for Classical Forms:

The Forms – Poets.org

http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/197

The Forms – Wordshop

http://thewordshop.tripod.com/forms.html

Rhythm and Meter

http://www.writing.upenn.edu/~afilreis/88/meter.html

Rhyme Schemes

http://www.rbuhsd.k12.ca.us/~rgrow/Rhyme%20Schemes.html

Also Google:  formal poetry, poetic forms

 


Slam Poetry: Final project to include 30 to 60 lines of poetry, brilliantly inhabiting the newest oral tradition of competitive writing and reading.  Collection must include video of your oral presentation.

 

I am…

Counting list

Rant

Place

Relationship

Soul

Imitating music

Loss

Aha

Future

Any emotion

Injustice

Compassion

Economy

Politics

School

Family

 

Websites for Slam:

Poetry Slam FAQ

http://www.poetryslam.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10&Itemid=25#4

Book of Voices

http://voices.e-poets.net/index.shtml

Performance Checklist

http://bostonteachnet.org/irwin/button4.htm

Also Google:  spoken word poetry, performance poetry

 


Set of Greeting Cards: Final project to include 30 to 60 lines of poetry, brilliantly inhabiting the ongoing tradition of the greeting card.  Collection must be presented in greeting card format, including original visual elements (no clip art for this one, and no copyright fouls!).

 

Traditional

Contemporary Prose

Studio or Humorous

Alternate

Birthday

Anniversary

Thank You
Get Well

Miss You
Friendship

Romance

Just Because
Sympathy

Wedding

Baby

Graduation

Congratulations

Goodbye

Holiday
Valentine's Day

Mother's Day
Father's Day 


Websites for Greeting Cards

The Greeting Card Market

http://www.greetingcardmarkets.com/types.htm

American Greetings

http://www.americangreetings.com/products/greeting-cards.pd

Also Google:  greeting cards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry Exploration

Report your findings to MsB in a Word .doc. Use standard heading with Poetry Exploration as your assignment title. Use links below.

1. Poetry Debates and Manifestos: Pick one link to read and write your reactions in a paragraph. Include the title of the article, and refer specifically to things it says. Have an opinion! Express it with zest!

2. Poetic Schools and Movements: Pick one link to read and write your reactions in a paragraph. Include the title of the article, and refer specifically to things it says. Have an opinion! Express it with oomph!

3. Options (SEE Classical, Slam, Greeting Cards BELOW): Explore one to three links from your choice of options, and write your findings and reactions in a paragraph. Include which links you looked at, and refer specifically to things you found. Have an opinion! Express it with gusto!

4. Example: Find ONE example poem you really like, from one of our three options, and copy/paste it WITH author's name AND URL. Say specifically what you like about it. Have an opinion! Express it with relish!

5. Tell me what you're excited about doing with your poetry project.

OPTIONS
Classical Forms
Slam*
Greeting Cards

In Defence of Formal Poetry

Poetry Doctor

A Journal of Formal Poetry

Associated Content

The Atlantic

What Teachers Make

Poets.org

Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Verbs on Asphalt

eHow

National Poetry Slam

Sandra Miller-Louden

eHow

Hallmark

Writing World

Holly Gerth

Blue Mountain Arts

*Please note that slam poems are not always suitable for a young audience. If you find objectionable material, CLOSE the window and look elsewhere.