Learning Activity 8

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8-1 Theme Poetry Unit

Learners create a booklet of poetry. They decorate each poem with pictures and illustrations. Begin the project by examining all kinds of different poetry. Have students write down lines they especially like or are especially descriptive to them. After examining poetry anthologies and sheets for a day or so, introduce and help students become familiar with the different types of poetry. Introduce, explain, model and create a poem together for each type. Do one type of poetry per day until you have covered at least eight different types of poetry. Then give learners the project assignment on the handout. Learners will choose a “theme” for their project and then write eight poems using different types of poetry.

8-2: Understanding Imagery

  1. Show learners a print or original work of art. Ask them “What images do you see?” Brainstorm a list together. Talk about the mood that these images convey. Try to have students make the point that you get a lot of information from unclear images. An image is a snapshot – a part of the whole. Poems that use imagery are very similar. Tell them that you will be looking at poems which use imagery to tell their story, and that poems often are less driven by plot than a story or novel. They are more like a snapshot than a movie.
  2. Ask them what imagery is used in A Tundra Spring Day. Ask them to draw a picture to describe the poem. Ask learners to share their ideas.
  3. Read poems with imagery. Read the poem aloud twice. Call for a volunteer to read the third time. Ask students to listen carefully, “looking” for the pictures. Explain that you should read a poem three times. Once to hear it, once to know it, once to own it.
  4. Discuss the images that we “see.” Point out the key words that helped to create those images. Learners will “see” many images that are not explicitly stated in the poem. Discuss. Underline the key words.
  5. Ask learners to draw the images that they see in their minds. Ask them to explain why they see these images and what they mean to them.
  6. Show learners the original art work that you used to start this lesson and ask them to write a poem describing the art.