Language Objective: I will write a free verse poem using the prompt: journey.
1. Writing Prompt #7: Abandonned Dragon
Write for 10 minutes.
2. Debrief and discuss: Free Verse Rough Drafts
3. Revise Free Verse Rough Drafts:
1) Read the poem aloud.
Reading out loud is useful when revising any piece of writing, as it allows you to hear potential mistakes or breaks in auditory flow. However, reading aloud is crucial in revising poetry, because it allows you to hear the rhythm of the piece. Poetry should maintain an auditory flow and rhythm.
2) Look at the poem’s intended message.
How do readers interpret the poem, without the author’s insight? A reader’s interpretation may mesh perfectly with what the author intends, or the author may discover that his/her poem can be interpreted in a way that was never intended. Also, many readers may assume that the voice of the poem’s speaker is the same as the author’s voice, which is not always the case. Ask yourself these questions: is the voice of the poem clear? What emotional response is the poem intended to create in a reader? Does it achieve this?
3) Appeal to the five senses.
Poetry should create an image, as well as an emotional response. Does the poem contain imagery that appeals to at least one of the five senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, smell)? Is this imagery tangible?
4) Avoid clichés.
Rather than merely telling the reader “his heart was broken,” a poem should show the reader. For instance, “his heart glittered like a smashed mirror.” The second example is more effective than the cliché as it creates a more distinct image for readers.
5) Look at the details.
Does the poem contain many abstract or intangible nouns, such as “love,” “freedom,” “hatred”? These should be concrete, or tangible, nouns which are more easily visualized by readers. Are the poem’s verbs and adjectives specific? Has unnecessary or unintentional repetition of language and/or sounds been removed from the poem? Is there language that detracts from the message of the poem?
4. Workshop and share (using GoogleDrive) your poem with at least two more people. Have them comment and review your poem going off the above questions.
5. Revise your poem based on your peer's feedback.
6. Come to next period prepared to perform your poem. You may either read it aloud in front of the class, produce a recording or do either of the first two option with an already published poem.
- Revise your Free Verse Poem
- Provide feedback on two other people's poem
- edit and upload your final version to CANVAS
- Come prepared to next period to either perform your own poem or one that has already published (you could do this "live" or by recording yourself.)