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!

Before you leave, do not forget to fill out the self-evaluation below. Please note there are three: 2nd, 4th, and 6th hour. Please select the right one, and remember you cannot fill it out without being logged into your school email.

 

 

 

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Crafting a Letter to a Poet

Daily Prompt #43: 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 11 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 30th). 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.

 

 

 

Dear Poet Project and Oulipo Poetry

DP #41: 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 #40: 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 four 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 agp, one of our students’ letters was selected to be showcased on the Academy of American Poets’ website!


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.  

Poetry Out Loud

Inspired by the Academy of American Poets’ “Dear Poet” project, my students and I took a chance by reading and recording our own work to celebrate the last day of National Poetry Month.  It was a wonderful way to share all of our hard work.

“Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.” – Carl Sandburg

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Dear Poet

Hi Class!  Today is the day to craft your letter to the poet of your choosing and then email it.

Here are the instructions for how to complete this assignment:

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” me on your email to ensure you get credit (mirandakeskes@hartlandschools.us)

Complete this assignment by Sunday night (April 26th)

Happy writing!

 

Crafting a Letter to a Poet

Daily Prompt

WN #37: Sadness

Freewrite for five minutes about what makes you cry.

Now that you’ve watched eight 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” me on your email to ensure you get credit (mirandakeskes@hartlandschools.us)

Complete this assignment by Sunday night (April 26th)

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