What is powerful language? How can it be used to inspire people?
Those were the two questions students investigated during this year’s poetry project. Back in January, I introduced the project and students were charged with a task:
TASK: Work collaboratively in a small group to create and present a multimedia poem that (1) creatively uses a combination of poetic devices and persuasive techniques and (2) effectively expresses an emotional or deep-felt message.
Spending one or two days a week since then, students completed the following process.
- Choose a meaningful message or topic. Form teams around similar topics. Share topic proposal paragraphs. Explain evaluation. Show examples for inspiration.
- Work collaboratively to list and prioritize tasks to complete project.
- Research sound devices, word choice, presentation techniques, and other poetic devices using some Poetry Project Resources.
- Plan, write, revise, and edit using this Planning & Drafting Template.
- Publish final poem using student choice of technology.
- Finally, share with a live audience at our poetry premiere.
IT. WAS. AMAZING!
Check out some of our finished poems! (More to be added soon.)
The Kindness Project This group used iMovie and some very creative visuals.
Change This group used movement to creatively illustrate their poem.
Beauty This group also used iMovie to showcase their excellent word choice.
Taking Chances This group included an interview with our school resource officer.
Risk This group used an iPad and a stop motion app to capture their hand-drawn visuals.
Climate Change Rap Using the green screen, this group introduced and concluded their poem as a news report, complete with a special appearance by Mr. Earth.
Animal Cruelty This group went to a local animal shelter to film their own footage.
Music This group used WeVideo and had passionate, fluent speaking voices.
Loss This group used the DoInk app with the green screen. They even included bloopers.
Dance This group included sound effects… themselves tap dancing.
Animal Cruelty This group used a variety of settings and facts about their topic.
Bullying This group had some great word choice!
Bullying This group had some creative combinations of sound devices and presentation techniques.
Friends Using iMovie, this group included great word choice.
Those were only a few of the published poems. If you’d like to see more, visit my YouTube channel here.
Yes, this project took time, but the results were well worth it. Students were able to:
- Conduct research projects using several sources to answer an essential question.
- Engage in collaborative discussion, building on others’ ideas and expressing own ideas clearly
- Follow rules for discussions, set specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles
- Produce a clear and coherent poem in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience
- Develop and strengthen poem by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach
- Use figurative language such as metaphors, similes, personification, imagery, and hyperbole in a poem
- Use specific word choice to illustrate the theme, mood, and tone of a poem
- Synthesize information and present it in different formats
- Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations
- Present poem using appropriate eye contact, volume, and clear pronunciation
This summer, I plan on writing more about the process and posting a mini-series for those who might want to try this collaborative multimedia poetry project.
First, up: Poetry Project Part 1: Where to Begin