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					                                            AMERICAN POETRY UNIT
                                          DIGITAL ANTHOLOGY PROJECT


In
groups
of
2‐3
students,
you
will
be
creating
a
digital
poetry
anthology
using
your
Blogger
account.
You
can
either
use

“Pages”
or
make
the
blog
using
individual
posts.
Be
creative
and
saavy.
Read
the
following
guidelines
and
the
rubric
on
the

back
of
this
paper:



   o Home
page
with
title,
art,
names
of
group
members,
instructor’s
name
(Singh)
and
course
title
(English
5).

      

   o Preface
explaining
why
your
group
chose
the
subject
of
your
anthology.
Make
sure
to
write
about
why
you
chose
the

      poems
you
chose,
what
they
represent
to
you,
what
they
popularly
represent
(275
words
minimum).



   o Creative
Obituary
that
provides
a
colorful
historical
account
of
your
poet’s
life,
whether
or
not
she
or
he
is
actually

      deceased
or
living.
Include
your
writer’s
famous
works
and
tidbits
about
his
or
her
life
(275
words
minimum).



   o 10‐12
poems
that
best
reflect
the
genius
of
your
poet
or
movement,
prepared
to
teach
ONE
to
the
class.



   o Images
to
accompany
the
text.
There
should
be
an
image
that
goes
with
every
poem.
In
other
words,
make
your

      anthology
not
only
interesting
to
read,
but
also
aesthetically
pleasing
to
look
at.



   o 4
Links
minimum
to
other
websites
that
relate
to
your
poet.



   o Overall
Presentation
should
be
clean,
easy
to
read
and
navigate,
proofread
and
pretty.
Think
about
the
colors,
fonts,

      images
and
backgrounds
you
want
to
use.



   o Works
Cited
page.
Make
sure
to
save
ALL
of
your
web
sources
so
that
you
can
make
a
works
cited
page.



***
All
text
(except
for
the
poems
themselves)
should
be
written
in
your
own
words.

Works
Cited
page
must
follow
MLA

standards.

Good
luck
and
have
fun!





                                  NAME: _________________________________________________
                                AMERICAN POETRY UNIT – DIGITAL ANTHOLOGY RUBRIC
                                             DUE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6
               Your grade will be based on the following criteria, your self-evaluation and comments, as well as your instructor’s evaluation.

ALL WRITING MUST BE IN YOUR OWN WORDS. IF CAUGHT PLAGIARIZING, YOUR GROUP WILL
RECEIVE A FAILING GRADE.

                                                                       Student’s Self-Evaluation                        Instructor’s Evaluation

                           Home page                                                                  ____/10                                     ____/10
     Title, relevant art, group members, instructor’s name
                          and course title

                         Preface                                                                      ____/20                                     ____/20
1 page long, includes reasons why you chose your subject

                      Creative Obituary                                                               ____/20                                     ____/20
     1 page long, includes useful and relevant information
                    pertaining to your poet

                     Collection of Poems                                                              ____/40                                     ____/40
     10-12 carefully selected poems that best reflect poet.

                           Images                                                                     ____/20                                     ____/20
             At least 10 images to accompany text

                    Works Cited Page                                                                  ____/10                                     ____/10
                   Follows MLA guidelines

                              Links                                                                   ____/10                                     ____/10
    Includes at least 4 outside links to resources about your
                               poet

                    Overall Presentation                                                              ____/20                                     ____/20
     The webpages flow together. Your digital anthology
     reflects time, effort, and care that you’ve put into it.
    There’s a consistency in the pages. Everything is spell-
                    checked and proofread.

                                                                                   TOTAL SCORE ____/150                        FINAL GRADE ____/150
                                  NAME: _________________________________________________
                                 AMERICAN POETRY UNIT – PRESENTATION RUBRIC
                                   ALL PRESENTATIONS ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13

PRESENTATION GUIDELINES:
Your presentation will be your opportunity to show off your group’s digital anthology as well as present an analysis of ONE of your poet’s poems.
Each group will “play teacher” and lead a class discussion based on one of their chosen poems. ***This means choosing one poem from your
collection beforehand to focus on, researching it, and coming prepared to lead a discussion on it. *** Look back at the handout “How to Read a
Poem” for guidance. Each presentation should last no longer than 15 minutes.
Your blogs will be judged and scored by a third-party and the winning group will receive a prize!!
All groups should give me a copy of their poem with line numbers no later than April 6th so that I can make photocopies for the class.


                              JUDGE’S SCORING GUIDE COMING SOON!!!
                                         POETRY MEMORIZATION ASSIGNMENT
                                                  DUE APRIL 6th
"We speak of memorizing as getting something 'by heart,' which really means 'by head.' But getting a poem or prose passage truly 'by heart' implies getting it by
mind and memory and understanding and delight." -- John Hollander

“The future of the humanities as a common possession depends on the restoration of a simple, single ideal: getting poetry by heart.” –Clive James, Cultural Amnesia


ONE OF YOUR FINAL ASSIGNMENTS DURING THIS POETRY UNIT WILL BE TO MEMORIZE A POEM IN ITS ENTIRETY AND PRESENT
IT TO THE CLASS. YOU MUST CHOOSE A POEM THAT IS AT LEAST 20 LINES IN LENGTH AND HAVE IT PRE-APPROVED BY YOURS
TRULY.

Poetry.org suggests:

               If you are new to memorization, pick a short poem with a strong rhythmic underpinning. Rhythm has long been used as a
               tool to aid the memory, particularly by oral storytellers before the advent of the written word. By choosing and memorizing
               a poem that you love, you connect yourself to this long tradition of passing along stories and customs through the power of
               poetic language. Make sure that you understand the sense of the poem--this will give meaning to the rote act of learning
               each line and transform a string of sounds into a message that you can easily absorb and transmit.

POETRY MEMORIZATION RUBRIC:

                                              CRITERIA                                                            POINTS

Length: Proper length, at least 20 lines long                                                                         _____ / 20

Fluency: You make it smoothly through the poem without any bumps, pronounce words                                     _____ / 20
correctly

Delivery: You speak loudly and clearly, have a steady pace, and make eye contact                                      _____ / 20
with your audience.

Expression: Engage your audience. If you want to rap your poem, rap it. If you want                                   _____ / 20 TOTAL SCORE:
to sing your poem, sing it. If you want to bring a prop or instrument, bring it. Wake up
poetry. Liven it up. Impress us.                                                                                                                 _____ / 80

				
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