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Student Activity Sheet - Poetry

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									Student Activity Sheet
You are expected to complete a task from at least one activity sheet.

DESCRIBE USING POETRY, THE MUSIC EXPERIENCE OF A SYNAESTHETE
Write an acrostic poem to describe how you think a sonic boom might be experienced by someone who has
synaesthesia.

Some people experience sound as colours. This is known as sound synaesthesia. Find out about ‘the speed
of sound’, what a sonic boom is and some of the things that can create them. How do you think someone
who experiences sound synaesthesia might experience these sonic booms?

RESOURCES AND MATERIALS
●   Extraordinary People – Synaesthetes: Elisabeth, a musician who experiences colours and tastes when
    she hears sound, shares her experience of life with synaesthesia.

●   Seeing a Sonic Boom: A video of how a sonic boom can appear visually.

●   New Zealand Sonic Boom Blamed on Meteor: An article about a meteor creating a sonic boom over
    Christchurch, New Zealand.

●   Acrostic Poems Interactive: Find out what an acrostic poem is, see an example, and follow the steps in
    the interactive to create and print your own acrostic poem.

●   Internet access, pencil and paper.

Assessment                     Uh-oh!             Good start              Great effort          Wohoo!!




Process                   Watched video        Considered the           Decided on the      Poem read to
                          and researched       experience of a          base word and       class mates and
                          about speed of       synaesthete and          brainstormed        imagery shown.
                          sound and sonic      the kind of              appropriate words
                          booms.               experience a             to create an
                                               synaesthete might        acrostic poem to
                                               have in hearing a        express how it
                                               sonic boom.              might feel to
                                                                        experience a
                                                                        musical road as a
                                                                        synaesthete.
Product                   Wrote notes about    Made a word              Wrote and           Spoke clearly
                          new information      splash about your        published an        when presenting.
                          and ideas you        ideas of a               acrostic poem.      Attempted to
                          discovered as well   synaethetes                                  answer questions
                          as any questions     experience of a                              raised by others
                          you have.            sonic boom.                                  about your
                                                                                            research and work
                                                                                            about
                                                                                            synaesthesia. Did
                                                                                            further research to
                                                                                            answer your own
                                                                                            and other’s
                                                                                            questions.




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