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Poetry Matters

This Prezi was created to give students a fresh perspective on the power of this literary art and why poetry matters.

Maria Pazlopez

on 29 May 2011

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Poetry Matters Edim 508
Digital Media in the Classroom
(u03a2) Project 1
Media-Infused Learning Center
Created by Maria Pazlopez Created by
Maria Pazlopez Instructional Purpose This Prezi was created as a Grade 6-8 learning center to rouse students to ponder the power of poetry, to delve into why poetry matters, and to inspire them to find their own poetic voice. As students follow the pathways through this presentation they will encounter poets who expressively share their poems, as well as their beliefs about the relevance of poetry and how poetry speaks to the human condition. This presentation then challenges students to find their own voice for creating poetry. NJ Core Curriculum Standards Standard 3.1 (Reading)
G. Comprehension Skills and Response to Text
1. Respond critically to an author's purpose, ideas, views, and beliefs.
2. Identify genre by their distinctive elements
4. Construct meaning from text by making conscious connections to self, an author, and others.
14. Identify and respond to the elements of sound and structure in poetry.

Standard 3.2 (Writing)
A. Writing as a Process
3. Expand knowledge about form, structure, and voice in a variety of genres.
5. Draft writing in a selected genre with supporting structure and appropriate voice according to the intended message, audience, and purpose for writing.

Standard 3.4 (Listening)
A. Active Listening
5. Recognize the rich and varied language of literature (e.g., listen to a recording of poetry or classic literature).
6. Listen to determine a speaker's purpose, attitude, and perspective.

ALA: AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner ALA: K-12 Inquiry & Critical Thinking
Learners use skills, resources and tools to inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.
1.1.6 Read, view, and listen for information presented in any format (e.g., textual, visual, media, digital) in order to make inferences and gather meaning. Why Poetry Matters Rita Dove was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress in 1993. She was the first African American woman and the youngest person ever to receive this high honor. Watch this video inwhich she explains why she believes poetry matters. Do you agree with her reasons? In this next video, meet four poets from the Poetry Lounge, a group that publically performs poetry. Shehan Van Clief, In-Q, Brutha Gimel, and Gina Loring discuss how important poetry is to sharing experiences and relating to others.
How do their opinions compare with Ms. Dove's idea of why poetry matters? Powerful Poetry View and/or listen to these three poems. Think about what was said in the Poetry Matters videos. What is it about these poems that appeals to your experiences or emotions? Can you find any connections to your own life? Can you identify the common human experiences? Click on the link below for a reading of Walt Whitman's poem, "I Hear America Singing". After you are done listening, click on close to return to this Prezi.

http://www.poetryoutloud.org/audio/29%20Track%2029.mp3 In this video, Taylor Mali performs his poem, "Like Lilly Like Wilson". Mr. Mali is one of the most famous poets in the Poetry Slam movement. In this video, Brutha Gimel explains how he went from hip-hop to writing poetry. Watch him perform his poem, "Unified Love". Finding Your Voice You have now journeyed through a path that has hopefully opened your eyes to the power and potential of poetry. Now it's your turn to open your mind and your heart and learn that your voice matters. Take some time to write down some thoughts and begin to find your own voice. Watch this final video as the Poetry Lounge poets invite you to express yourself and find your own voice. Poetry in the Mainstream Poetry has such importance that you can find examples of it just about anywhere in the popular culture. Watch these two videos of poetry in the mainstream. One is from a Peanuts cartoon that features Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poem, "How Do I Love Thee". The other poem is actually a song by Ingrid Michaelson, "The Chain". Citations Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. ~Robert Frost Discovery Education. Poetry Matters (video segment). Retrieved from http://player.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm?guidAssetId=e7572ce3-79c3-4488-ac74-932ba4275f35

Discovery Education. The Poetry Lounge: Self Expression through the Spoken Word/ Spoken Word (video segment). Retrieved from http://player.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm?guidAssetId=162bc171-9d87-4c68-9cc6-3b02617bb8d8

Discovery Education. The Poetry Lounge: Self Expression through the Spoken Word/ Unified Love (video segment). Retrieved from http://player.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm?guidAssetId=162bc171-9d87-4c68-9cc6-3b02617bb8d8

Discovery Education. The Poetry Lounge: Self Expression through the Spoken Word/ Creating Poetry (video segment). Retrieved from http://player.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm?guidAssetId=162bc171-9d87-4c68-9cc6-3b02617bb8d8

Discovery Education. Walt Whitman (image). Retrieved from http://player.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm?guidAssetId=C133EEE8-E143-4514-AAA8-D1C4655149A4&blnFromSearch=1&productcode=US

Ingrid Michaelson “The Chain” (video). Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAmmtqLmLsw

Peanuts “How Do I Love Thee” (video). Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLkcR9UR9us&feature=related

Poetry Out Loud. Walt Whitman “I Hear America Singing” (audio). Retrieved from http://www.poetryoutloud.org/audio/29%20Track%2029.mp3

Quote Garden- Robert Frost quote. Retrieved from http://www.quotegarden.com/poetry.html

Taylor Mali “Like Lilly like Wilson” (video). Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tshNfYWPlDg

All other images were taken by Maria Pazlopez.
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