Dear Poet: typing and emailing letters

Hi folks! Using the directions and format provided yesterday, please type your letter to the poet of your choice, then email it to dearpoet@poets.org.

Don’t forget to cc your teacher as well!

All letters must be emailed by Sunday!

 

 

 

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Crafting a Letter to a Poet

Daily Prompt #42: Color Poem

Try your hand at writing a color poem using the provided handout as a guide.

Take ten minutes.

Now that you’ve watched 9 poets read their work, it’s time to select the one you were most intrigued by.

Let’s figure out who you want to write to and get into groups based on that. From there, you can discuss the poem and start to determine what you might like to say to the poet.  Can you identify the poet’s voice?  What lines spoke to you and why?  Do you share any similarities with the poet?  What questions do you have?

As a class, let’s determine what these letters should look like, including what to avoid.

Tomorrow we’ll be in the lab so you can type your letters and email them to the poets.

Here are the specific guidelines:

Have at least two of your peers read over your letter before emailing to ensure there are no grammatical or spelling errors.

Your letter must contain your name, the name of the poet you’re writing to, and our school name and address (see this sample letter template)

The formal address to include in your letter is Academy of American Poets, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 901, New York, NY 10038

You may choose to type your letter directly in the email or attach it as a pdf.

Send your letter to dearpoet@poets.org

“CC” your teacher on your email to ensure you get credit (mirandakeskes@hartlandschools.us) OR
(kathleenhoerauf@hartlandschools.us)

Complete this assignment by Sunday night (April 29th). It cannot be turned in late for credit.

If there’s time today, you can feel free to play around with any of the poetic styles we learned about this week or start crafting your letter.

 

 

 

Dear Poet Day 3

DP #41: Haiku Book Reviews

Think about one of your favorite books and write a review for it in haiku form.

Take ten minutes. Be prepared to share. You ALL will. 🙂


Today, we’re going to watch and listen as the final three eminent American poets recite their original poetry. Be prepared to write down your reactions after hearing each one.


For the remainder of the hour, I want you to write any sort of poem you want! Review your notebook for ideas.

Dear Poet Project and Spine Poetry

DP #40: Phone Number Poem

Try writing a ten-line poem, using your phone number to guide how many syllables each line should have.

Take ten minutes.


Today, we’re going to watch and listen as four more eminent American poets recite their original poetry. Be prepared to write down your reactions after hearing each one.

 


For the remainder of the hour, I want you to make spine poetry with your peers. Grab some books (either your own or from our class bookshelves) and create poetry! Take a picture and post it on your blog! Be prepared to share your spine poetry to the class.

Here’s an example of what it could look like:

Example #1

Example #2

Dear Poet Project and Abecedarian Poetry

DP #39: Title Poem

Pay homage to your favorite books, movies, or poems by writing a title poem.  Feel free to combine favorite titles to create unique poetry.

Take ten minutes.


Today, we’re going to watch and listen as three eminent American poets recite their original poetry. Be prepared to write down your reactions after hearing each one.

On Friday, you’ll be emailing one of the poets a letter sharing your thoughts on the poem. Two years ago, one of our students’ letters was selected to be showcased on the Academy of American Poets’ website and last year, one of our students received a letter back from the poet!


For the remainder of the hour, I want you to try (alone or with a partner) your hand at writing an Abecedarian poem.  These poems use the alphabet to start every line.  Here’s one I wrote.  

Fiction: Dialogue

Daily Prompt #29: How many ways can you rewrite a sentence?

Take a sentence from the rough draft of your fiction piece and rewrite it at the top of this entry.

NOW, rewrite this sentence five times in five different ways.  You can add words, delete words, or take an entirely new angle.  The key is to start recognizing how much time you can spend crafting the perfect sentence.

Be prepared to share with your peers.

 

Let’s take a look at the fiction rubric on Google Classroom so you know exactly how you will be graded.

 

Today, I want to make sure you know how to write dialogue correctly.  Dialogue can be a powerful tool when writing fiction, especially when it sounds authentic.

 

With the time remaining, continue working on your rough drafts. Tomorrow will be your last day in class to work on them.

 

Also, are you participating in NaPoWriMo.?

This is the place to let us know you’re participating: I’m participating!

Happy writing!