Your assignment is write a free verse poem inspired by the "Blackened" presentation. The poem does not have to be about the presentation, simply inspired by it. Review the characteristics of a free verse poem. Your poem must be posted by the end of class.
From The New York Times: The Learning Network (March 27, 2014) ~ It’s been a long, cold winter, but there is no more reliable sign of spring on The Learning Network than our annual found poem contest. What is a found poem? A good nutshell description would be “poems that are composed from words and phrases found in another text.”
So here it is...your assignment for April is...you guessed it! You will be required to create and submit your found poem to the NY Times Found Poetry Student Contest. Follow this link for contest overview, rules, submission instructions, and a collection of found poems from past winners. You must also submit your found poem to this blog as a reply. Good reading and good luck AHS Creating Writing students. FYI...you can access article for free without a digital subscription by accessing the NYT Learning Network - follow this link.
Assignment: Please read the following short story and finish it. Add your own climax and falling action. Your writing should be at least 750 words. Post your work as a comment or print a copy and turn it in. DUE 1/10/14
The Gold Wrapping Paper
Once upon a time, there was a man who worked very hard just to keep food on the table for his family. This particular year a few days before Christmas, he punished his little five-year-old daughter after learning that she had used up the family's only roll of expensive gold wrapping paper.
As money was tight, he became even more upset when on Christmas Eve he saw that the child had used all of the expensive gold paper to decorate one shoebox she had put under the Christmas tree. He also was concerned about where she had gotten money to buy what was in the shoebox.
Nevertheless, the next morning the little girl, filled with excitement, brought the gift box to her father and said, "This is for you, Daddy!"
As he opened the box, the father was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, now regretting how he had punished her.
But when he opened the shoebox, he found it was empty and again his anger flared. "Don't you know, young lady," he said harshly, "when you give someone a present, there's supposed to be something inside the package!"
FINISH THE STORY
Write about a snow day. Maybe it was your morning getting to school or work. Consider how the snow interrupted your normal routine. Were your plans changed, events cancelled? Did you change? You can write in your own voice or create a fictional story of a character. Ask the question: "What do I (or my character) want or need?" Let that conflict drive your story. Include sensory details (5 senses). Post to the blog when you finish by Friday 12/13.
Write a haiku poem based on the image to the left. Post your haiku as a comment. Due by end of class today.
Out of our quarrels with others we make rhetoric. Out of our quarrels with ourselves we make poetry. ~ William Butler Yeats
Don’t be afraid of poetry
Poetry is not something to fear, but rather an invitation to participate fully in our everyday lives. Here is the advice of one student who entered the class convinced he “could not ever write a poem.” John S. O'Connor
Don’t Be Afraid
Is not as daunting as it sounds.
All you have to have done
To write poetry
Is to have lived.
So I can write poetry.
Anyone reading this is presumably alive;
Therefore, you too
Are capable of writing poetry.
Once you establish
That you are, in fact, alive,
Your poetry may be governed
By your mood. If you’re hungry,
For example, there’s an excellent chance
That your poem will reflect your hunger.
Some choose to be coy with their meanings
And highfalutin’ with their language
(“Bubbles in an IV loitering” or
“Museums mark their bodies down”)
This is okay sometimes,
But you don’t want to hide
Your poem’s meaning
From the reader altogether.
Do you understand now
Why writing poetry is not as hard
As you thought?
Proof of life, mood, language:
Three simple steps
And your poetry
~ Rob, grade 10
Please post your movie review as a comment. Please be sure to edit your writing before you post it here.
They're not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they're destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? - - Carpe - - hear it? - - Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary. ~ J. Keating
So the world is coming to an end. But before we all go out in a scorching flash, you get one last wish. What is yours? What would you like to see or do before you become fossil fuel? Post your school appropriate response.