POETRY PORTFOLIO MID-SEMESTER ASSIGNMENT
DUE MONDAY, DECEMBER 1ST, 2014
This assignment is worth TWO TEST GRADES. We will be working on it for homework and in class. It is your responsibility to keep up with your work and complete it in a timely manner.
· Your poetry folder should be bound together neatly. This could be in a folder or bradded together to form a spine.
· Your poetry folder must be set up as follows:
1. Should be creatively decorated with images from newspapers, magazines, and/or drawings that reflect your interests and poems.
2. Include your name, teacher’s name, and class period
Table of Contents
1. List each assignment and its page number.
Section I: Reflection Letter
1. Reflection Letter to Ms. Barbour
a. What do you think you have learned so far this semester?
b. What is your favorite type of poem that we have worked with?
c. What is your least favorite type of poem that we have worked with?
d. What has been most memorable about the class so far?
e. Anything else you would like to share with me
Section II: Original poems written and illustrated
2. 5 W’s
3. Image Poem (including image)
4. Acrostic (Name Poem)
5. Metaphorical Thinking Poem
6. Wordle Poem (www.wordle.net)
7. News Article Poem
8. Slam Poetry
9. Partner Poem
Creative Poem Descriptions/Requirements
Each poem should include poetic language and the reader should be able to identify devices like alliteration, metaphor/simile, onomatopoeia, etc.
1. Edit: Select one of your poems from the first half of the semester. Edit it any way you see fit, whether it be changing the form, the tone, the imagery, etc. Include the original and edited versions.
2. 5 W’s: Choose a desirable character trait (friendship, love, charity, compassion, sympathy, dedication, optimism, enthusiasm, perseverance, etc). Create a situation that demonstrates the trait you have chosen by answering the 5 W’s: Who? What? Where? When? Why?
3. Image Poem (including image): Locate (online, magazine, photograph) an image of your choice. Write a poem that describes the picture and the feelings it evokes. Focus on imagery while using figurative language (alliteration, simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole etc.)
4. Acrostic (Name Poem): Down the left hand margin, write the letters of your name in capitals. Use each letter to begin the lines of your poem. Adjectives, descriptions, imagery, etc. are required. It should tell the reader about you.
5. Metaphor or Simile Poem: This poem should be entirely composed of metaphors and similes. Stray away from cliché (rhyming, anyone?), and use word associations to describe feelings, sights, etc.
6. Sonnet or Nursery Rhyme Wordle Poem (www.wordle.net): Choose a Shakespearean Sonnet or a popular nursery rhyme online and then copy & paste the lines into the template on the website. Choose a font to match and create it. Then choose a layout to create visual interest. The most prominent words will be in larger fonts. Print this wordle and insert into your folder.
7. News Article Poem: Take your news article of choice and turn it into a poem. Your poem should evoke some type of emotion when being read.
8. Slam Poetry: This needs to be about something that impacts your life. This is your opportunity to get creative! This can be in the form of a “rap”. Be sure to still use figurative language. Remember “Slam Poetry” is meant to be performed, not just read: EXTRA 10 POINTS to your test grade if you perform it for the class OR video tape yourself performing it and turn it in with your portfolio. (Hint: Youtube “slam poetry” for more examples)
9. Partner Poem: Create a conversation poem with a partner. The two of you should write back and forth to one another, working together to create a poem. Both partners must have a copy of this poem in your portfolio.
Ms. Barbour is an 11th grade English and Poetry teacher at Franklin High School.