"Liberating education consists in acts of cognition, not transferrals of information." -Paulo Friere

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Poetry Wikis


I'd like to experiment with a different kind of writing about poetry, using the tools of bloggers and the internet. So, your culminating project for our poetry unit is to create a poetry wiki. I got this idea from Anne Fleischmann and Andy Jones, who created this wonderful wiki on "The Weary Blues" as part of their unit on Jazz and Literature. 

We will be copying this format, with a few additions and changes. I hope to see some analysis from you that is as perceptive as their commentary.

Using a google document, write a written analysis of a single poem that includes commentary on specific words, overall commentary, and links to others’ ideas.

  • Come on Monday, April 2, with your first, second, third choice for poems you would like to analyze. We'll choose in class to make sure no-one chooses the same poem.

Creating Your Wiki:
  • Use comment boxes that highlight particular words in the poem to analyze those words and the literary devices that are being used there.
  • At the bottom of the poem, go through the 4 “Poetry Thinking and Marking” steps, writing short paragraphs on each step.
  • Either as part of the body of the poem or the paragraphs below it, include links to at least two other reputable critics’ ideas about the poem. Comment on those ideas, adding your own analysis.
  • Include Works Cited at the bottom of your document.

Sharing Your Wiki:

  • In your google doc, click “Share,” and choose “Public on the Web” Then, in the drop down menu, change the settings to “Anyone can comment”.
  • Email Mrs. Poulsen your completed wiki by Friday, April 13.
  • Once I upload your links to my website, then sign in to your google account, and comment on your partner’s wiki as well as on 3 others’ wikis.

  • You will be graded on your understanding of the poem, independence of thought, persuasiveness of your analysis, and clarity of your writing.

I expect the same level of in-depth analysis that you show in your essays-- just with a new form. 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Book Reviews

10th graders,

After finding out that Amazon has the policy that you have to buy something to review books on their site, I've come up with a better alternative:


Please create a user name that includes some part of your real name, so I can identify you. Also, make sure that  your user name is class appropriate.

Then upload your book review to the page associated with that book on the site. If the site doesn't have the book on it yet, you can add the book to the site.

Then, email me a link to your book review.

This assignment is due Wednesday by 11 pm.

Good luck!