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.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving and all the DETAILS...

Here is an example of the worksheet we used in class! You should try and write your own Thanksgiving detail poem!

Today we had another discussion concerning one of the most essential tools of a Poet: DETAIL. Without detail a poem just wouldn't be a poem! A poet requires the use of all their senses in order to create details that will make the poem better.

We started our conversation by looking at our pencils and applying the five senses to this often looked over and boring writing tool. We discovered that pencils: (and we couldn't say, "looks like a pencil!)

LOOK LIKE: spears SMELL LIKE: wood TASTE LIKE:(if we were to crush them up and put them in a recipe) would be crunchy!
FEEL LIKE: smooth like a blanket SOUND LIKE: clicks

After looking at our pencils we divided up into groups and did some collaboration poems. We learned that a lot of Poets use collaboration when writing poems. Next week we are reading a poem that was written by two poets over a period of several months!

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