About Hands on Stanzas

Hands on Stanzas, the educational outreach program of the Poetry Center of Chicago places professional, teaching Poets in residence at Chicago Public Schools across the city. Poets teach the reading, discussion, and writing of poetry to 3 classes over the course of 20 classroom visits, typically from October through April. Students improve their reading, writing, and public speaking skills, and participating teachers report improved motivation and academic confidence. You can contact Cassie Sparkman, Director of the Hands on Stanzas program, by phone: 312.629.1665 or by email: csparkman(at)poetrycenter.org for more information.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Our fun with e.e. cummings!

Today we went over a e.e. cummings poem. We began by looking at the painting above in order to discuss the concept we covered last week: DETAIL. We learned in week three how important the element of detail is to the success of a poem.

Afterwards, we looked over the cummings poem, Days of Innocence.

One important tool we learned about today was the use of parenthesis in a poem and how we could use them to show our readers what we are thinking while we are writing our poems! We also learned a new Rhyme Scheme this week: ABAB.

Some wonderful examples of our Narrative Memory poems for Tuesday, Nov 6th will be posted later today! Check back!

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