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PROCESS

The Process

  1. Begin by printing out the Thinking About Poetry handout and taking out a pen or pencil. Be sure your name is on the handout.

  2. Print out a copy of the Thinking About Poetry Notes. You will be using this form to record bibliographic information and take notes as you visit each website.

  3. You must visit at least four of the Poetry Links listed in Resources. 
  4. At each website, select two poets and read and/or listen to several of their poems.   
  5. You must listen to at least three different audio versions of poems.  
  6. As you read and listen to the poems, use the questions on page two of your Thinking About Poetry handout to complete the Thinking About Poetry chart questions. 
  7. As you explore the four different websites, use the questions on page two of your Thinking About Poetry handout to evaluate the poets' styles and make some choices about your performance.  
  8. After viewing all four websites select one poem as the one you will use in your presentation.  From each of the other three websites select one additional poet and poem for your poetry book.  
  9. All of the four poems MUST include a different example of at least one of the poetic devices SYMBOLISM, IMAGERY, METAPHOR and MEANING. 
  10. Copy and paste your selections into Microsoft Word. Save your poems by the name of the poet and the title of the poem.  
  11. After selecting your favorite poet and one of his or her poems to use for your performance submit a hard copy of the poem to your teacher for approval.  Each student must perform a different poem so make sure that you have a back-up poem bookmarked.
  12. Print out two copies of your performance poem and one copy of your other three poems. 

Once you have selected and printed your poem, submit one copy of the poem to the teacher for approval, along with a paragraph explaining your reasons for selecting that poem.Include in your explanation what message you believe the poet is trying to express to the audience and what you think the poem means.  Who is the speaker in the poem?What was your first response to the poem after reading it?   Additionally, explain which poetic device(s) you noticed in the poem. . You are not expected to memorize the poem; however, you should be able to present your poem using eye contact and appropriate expression.

For your other three poems you must also include a paragraph for each explaining your reasons for selecting that poem. Include in your explanation what message you believe the poet is trying to express to the audience and what you think the poem means.  Who is the speaker in the poem?What was your first response to the poem after reading it?   Additionally, explain which poetic device(s) you noticed in the poem. 

Your explanations should accompany your poems.