April 19, 2013 to May 3, 2013
Apr 29th, 2013 by admin

Monday, April 19

Many of the  “The Raven” parody poems quickly composed in class today were fabulous.

The following is a list of assignments  you must be working on this week, at home and at school.

  1. Filling in mentor poet research sheet (both sides)

  2. Selecting and printing at least three of your mentor poet’s poems that you like (bring the copies to class every day)

  3. Composing an original poem that imitates your mentor poet’s style, content, etc.

  4. Writing two choice poems —- they can be cleaned up versions of the ones in your journal.

  5. Making progress on your presentation (poster, or cafe role playing, or power point)

  6. Mentor Poet research is due on Thrusday (5/2) for 5th period and Friday (5/3) for periods 4, 6, 7)

  7. Presentation will be assigned soon; presentation will be next week (5/6 – 5/10)


April 22, 2013 to April 26, 2013
Apr 22nd, 2013 by admin

Unit of Study : Poetry


1. Today we read the mentor poem “Lines” by Martha Collins, identified the writing style, and wrote imitation poems in our journals.  I’m refering to this poem as WORD PLAY.  You need to follow the directions on the 1/2 pink sheet that was distributed in class today.  I’m be checking your draft: 4th, 5th, 7th on Thrusday and 6th on Friday.

2.  Continue researching your mentor poet and reading TONS of his or her poetry.


Listed below are the mentor poems and your imitation poems that should be drafted in your journal:

  1. Family Metaphor (on template) applying extended metaphor as in “O Captain, My Captain” by Walt Whitman.

  2. Possiblities – similar to “Possiblities” by Wislawa Szyborska.

  3. Where I’m From – imitating “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon

  4. Word Play based on “Lines” by Martha Collins

  5. Pantoum (periods 6 and 7 as of Wednesday) inspired by “The Summer We Didn’t Die” by William Stafford

Continue mentor poet research as final projects and presentations are due the week of May 6.

Due Friday (4/26) Check mentor poet research sheet and  bring to class one poem by your mentor poet.


April 15, 2013 to April 19, 2013
Apr 15th, 2013 by admin


1. By tomorrow, Tuesday, April 16, all “Things They Carried” writing pieces must be submitted. 

2. The response sheet to the poems “Dulce Et Decorum Est” and “Kilroy” is due on Thursday, April 18.  Both poems can be accessible on line.  If you have lost your response sheet, please see me for another.


1. Today in class we used Walt Whitman’s poem “O Captain, My Captain”  and Robert Frost’s “Nothing Gold Can Stay” to learn about extended metaphor.

2. This concept is to be applied in an originally composed family metaphor poem.  Periods 5,6, and 7  are to begin filling in the idea-generating template for this poem.  I’ll be checking this on Thursday and Friday.

3.  The writing piece “The Things They Carried” is now LATE.

4. “Dulce Et Decorum Est” and “Kilroy was here” response sheet is due tomorrow for periods 4, 5, 7, and Thursday for period 7.

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