five minutes to think about and then write a response to the following
1. Poetry is . . .
2. The subject of a poem should be .....
3. I think poetry . . .
4. I wish poetry . . .
5. I think the theme in a poem should . . .
The Following is to be completed in groups of three
- Gwendolyn MacEwen:
Gwendolyn MacEwen was born in Toronto in 1941. During her childhood
she struggled with her mother's mental illness. Retreating into a world of
myth, Gwendolyn taught herself languages, including Greek and Latin, and
became fascinated with Ancient Greek culture. She lived a life of travel,
doing odd jobs and marrying intriguing men, such as another Canadian poet,
Milton Acorn. She won the Governor General's Award twice, once for her
Lawrence of Arabia poems. She died in 1987 at a young age.
- TASK: Read
Gwendolyn's Poems . Pick out the images that mean something to
you. Write a response to this poem. We will share the responses in class.
What imagery do you
see, feel, taste or smell in her poem? Did you find any
- I want you to get together in your group and create a list of your
responses. Write them on one side of the large paper I will give you. For
example 1. Poetry is.... generate the list. 2. The subject of poems should
be.... generate the list. ETC. Please have a discussion about your views
for each answer. Then flip the sheet over and come to consensus on the
best answer from the whole list for each of the five topics above.
- I am using a Nancie
Atwell's lesson. Please go to this page and begin the lesson. Read the
left side first to get the gist of the lesson. Then follow the
instructions for the activity.
- Learn how to write an elegy.
Follow the instructions on my page.
- Follow the instructions to learn to write
a List Poem.