Today in class, we figured out the best way to tackle our next mini-project. This one is a poetry collection based on Chinese culture of the past and present, as well as our modern day Franklin County culture.
There will be a rubric available soon, but here is the outline of the assignment as agreed upon in class. I’ve also added an option that I think may serve some folks well as they are feeling pinched for time.
Part I: Create a collection of poetry that features at least:
1 poem that illustrates ancient Chinese culture
1 poem that illustrates modern/contemporary Chinese culture
1 poem that illustrates modern Franklin County culture
Over the course of your poetry, you must use the following poetic techniques:
- Figurative Language
In addition to those techniques, challenge yourself to apply the principles of classic Chinese poetry listed here.
Part II: Complete an analysis of your poetry
This may take the shape of either A) an essay featuring a strong thesis statement, well documented evidence of your thinking, a strong intro and a meaningful conclusion or B) a comprehensive graphic organizer (I will provide) that asks you to analyze your poetry technique by technique.
What is important to me here is that you demonstrate analytical thinking backed by evidence, even more than you showcase essay composition skills. However, some of you may want to demonstrate your ability to meet the writing standards by doing the essay. The choice is yours.
The graphic organizer and the rubric will be ready before the end of this week. I know time is tight so I’m doing my best to create a manageable schedule for everyone leading into these next few weeks. Look below.
Flocabulary #2: Shakespeare Is Hip-Hop – Quiz on Wednesday! Exercises due. (LAST vocab work for the year)
Chinese Poetry Collection: Start looking at Chinese poetry and getting some ideas. This is due May 30th.
To give you a sense of where this is all going for the rest of the year:
Wednesday, May 15: Flocabulary quiz #2 & classical Chinese poetry (LAST VOCAB WORK – Rest of the year to do re-takes if so desired)
Friday, May 17: Meet with Sen. Tom Saviello (R. – Wilton), share PACE plusses and minuses
Tuesday, May 21st: Panel on refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants
Thursday, May 23rd: Poetry Workshop #1 – bring some pieces you’ve written to share and critique and work wit AND LAST WEEK OF BLOGGING
Tuesday, May 28th: Poetry Workshop #2 – bring some more pieces you’ve written to share and critique
Thursday, May 30th: Poetry Collection and Analysis Due (No Blogging Necessary)
Monday, June 3: Work Session, revisions, Flocab retakes
Wednesday, June 5: Work Session, revisions, Flocab retakes
Friday, June 7: Work session COMPUTERS HAVE TO BE TURNED IN BY END OF THE DAY
Final: Week of June 10 – 14. Final essay (what have you learned about yourself, others, and EDUCATION this year — see what I changed there? See?) due by June 14. (Even if not the day of our final) Final project due day of our final (TBA) Revisions of all essays, projects, due by June 14. (I will take everything up until then.)
Here are a couple of videos that show nice examples, and great context, of classical Chinese poetry. (And that British accent only makes the narrator seem smarter!)