Wednesday, September 14, 2016

September 14

IRT: ~20 minutes in the library
WNB: "To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears." - Octavio Paz
Students responded to the quote in any form they chose.

My mission when teaching poetry is not to force students to find meaning but to help them appreciate the form as another way of sharing an idea. That said, we did a little analysis of some random poems today.

"Courage" by Anne Sexton: After reading the poem, students discussed first thoughts with their groups. They then chose one of the stanzas to analyze more closely. Each group shared their findings with the class.

"The Legend" by Garrett Hongo: We started a modified TPCASTT with this poem. Students predicted what they thought the poem would be about based on the title. Then we listened to a slam poetry performance of the poem and discussed first thoughts. We will start class with this poem tomorrow.

Also tomorrow, students will have time to work on their next blog entry (due Sunday, 9/18). Timed writing revisions are due Friday, 9/16. Tutorials on Thursday at 7:30am, A & B block lunch, and 3:30pm.

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