Grade 7 – English Quarter 2 - Innovation
Performance Task: Telling a Story through Poetry
You are enrolled in an on-line writing course called “Innovations in
Communication” with other middle school poets from around the world.
In this course, you have studied the different ways in which people have
learned to express themselves through writing. Poetry has been a major
focus of the course because it is a genre of writing that allows one to be
creative, imaginative and innovative with language. The final assignment
is to write a series of poems exploring a theme. You have been asked to
create an anthology of poems from different viewpoints. You will write a
series of original poems around that theme. Your poems may be about any topic and may be
realistic, fantastical or personal —the only requirement is that you write it through poetry!
As poet and publisher, you will publish your collection of poems in a format that you feel best
suits your story. Here are some choices below to help you.
Create a digital anthology Create a album of poems Create animated poetry using
(PowerPoint, Microsoft using www.mixbook.com Flash. For examples, see
Word, Pages, etc.) www.bcactionpoet.org
Create an illustrated story Create an interactive Create a book using Microsoft
book digital anthology using Publisher
Standards and Criteria for success (Please also see attached rubric)
You will be assessed in the following areas for writing and transdisciplinary skills:
Ideas Students can apply appropriate formats and devices relevant to specific
writing genres and media (E.MS.3.8)
Organization Students can choose and use organizational structures that give their
audience the ability to access and understand their writing (E.MS.3.5)
Language devices Students can use words in new and different ways (E.MS.4.17)
Word Choice Students can use accuracy and precision in choosing words, both ordinary
and complex, in pieces of writing (E.MS.4.15)
Mood Students can produce pieces of text that display a specific mood(E.MS.4.13)
Transdisciplinary Personal management and reflection
Grade 7 – English Quarter 2 - Innovation
Helpful Hints to get you started:
1. Think about your theme as the main area of focus of your poetry. Ask yourself:
Who will be the speaker(s) in your poems?
What will the viewpoint of your poems be?
What emotional response do you want from your readers?
Theme the central idea or ideas explored by a literary work
(主題, 題材, Examples:
주제, )مو ضوع Home is not a place; it is in your mind and your heart.
Racial stereotypes blind you to reality.
The choices we make determine what we become.
One must have courage to be true to oneself.
Revenge destroys both the victim and the seeker.
We must accept responsibility for our own actions or suffer the
Don’t judge people before you get to know them.
2. Explore your theme through poems. Consider the models we have used in class.
“Jim who ran away from his nurse and was eaten by a lion”
“Hiding Places” by Sue Dymoke
“A Room Inside” by Philip Gross
“Citizen of the World” by Dave Calder
“Oranges” by Gary Soto
“Four Little Foxes” by Lew Sarett
3. Think about the different parts of a poem that will help you develop your anthology.
Structural Structure varies with different types of poetry. Poets consider structure to highlight
the visual effect of a poem. The structure of many different types of poetry result in
groups of lines on the page when enhance the poem’s composition.
Line breaks, stanza groupings, repetition of words, letters, sounds, phrases,
images, spacing on the page, punctuation, enjambment, end stopped
Sound Alliteration, assonance, consonance, onomatopoeia, rhyme & rhyme scheme,
Language Allusion, metaphor, simile, personification, imagery, symbols, contrast
4. Think about the layout of your anthology and try to make it easy to navigate.
Front cover or introductory slide that introduces the theme with visuals
Contents page which lists the order in which the poems appear
A brief introduction to your chosen theme
Titles for each poem which link to the poems content and/ or theme
Biographical information about the poet. (That’s you! You can, however, be creative
with your details and discuss all your future achievements in writing.)