|Vivi's poem will rest under the horizon|
For the last week, we've been examining verse in a variety of ways. Students have been contemplating the importance of titles, reflecting on Dana Gioia's philosophy of lineation, and playing with form. But now I've tasked students with creating three poems for publication, three pieces that we'll be submitting out into the world and sharing with others on our online portfolios. This is scary for
|Kat's illustration of Sylvia Plath's "Lady Lazarus"|
And along the way, I am not teaching design or tech. I let the students figure that out as well. For those students interested in creating in a digital space, I share a few user-friendly programs that students might consider. Animoto, Zeega, Haiku Deck, and Canva are all versatile and easy to navigate, which ensures that students stay focused on the creation decisions and not on problems learning a particular program. As they create, we talk about what works visually and why. We search for mentor texts, both for our visual creations as well as for the poems we are crafting. We discuss the decisions made by artists, why they work and when they don't. By focusing on rhetoric, both visual and written, I am asking my students to engage in close reading. Okay, and it is a lot of fun to create our visual pieces, too!
Here's a Haiku Deck creation by Nick:
Nicosia Poem - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
A Zeega I created as an example:
And a Zeega by Sam of her original lines: