Magdalena Montagne

Literary Arts (Poetry)

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phone: (831) 252-5776

Fooling with Words

Description: Students participate in poetry classes/workshops with the primary emphasis on producing new poems. The main goal is fluency and comfort in written expression and this is achieved through many hands-on activities. Students will work on writing poems both individually and in groups.

Ancillary goals include improved vocabulary; a better understanding of grammar, punctuation and spelling; advancing reading skills; confidence in public speaking; familiarity with a wide range of poets; adeptness in critical thinking; enhancement of self-esteem; and connection to the inner life. Special emphasis will be given to reciting/performing students’ poems, as this brings the poetry alive and encourages working to the highest potential. Elements from improvisation and breath work will be incorporated.

Students will learn the basic elements of a poem: voice, diction, syntax, imagery, figurative language (simile and metaphor); sound (rhyme, assonance and alliteration); and structure. Reading poems by a variety of authors (lesson structure stays the same, but poems will be chosen for age appropriateness) we’ll gather ideas and inspiration, and increase knowledge of the canon of great poets (from classical to contemporary).

Because everyone has a story to tell which comes from direct personal experience, students viscerally develop an awareness of their unique personal heritage, which in turn relates to their broader cultural heritage. Students will build skills to create a writing practice, uncover their unique voice, and own their story. Editing and re-visioning the work will also be a part of each class session.
Writing poetry directly relates to all aspects of school curriculum and common core standards. Through reading their own and published works, students become better overall readers; by improving writing skills in one genre, these skills are enhanced in other genres; and through reading and analysis of other poets, students sharpen critical thinking skills. A series of poetry writing classes helps foster students who are creative, able to communicate and collaborate, and are critical thinkers.