Introduction to Poetry

Remember that your page should include at least one of the following:
1. an original poem written by the members of your group.
2. a "favorite" poem chosen by the members of your group.
3. a poem from the textbook.
4. the lyrics to a song chosen by the members of your group.

You do not have to include an analysis of your original poem, but you do have to include an analysis of the other poems you include on your page. Remember to use your literary terms when analyzing the poetry.

Any group that includes a parody of a famous poem will receive extra credit.

Attached is the scoring guide that we designed together in class. Please review it before you begin the assignment to ensure that you fulfill all of the requirements for the assignment. If you have any suggestions about how to improve the scoring guide, please email me or share your suggestions in class. I will evaluate you on all domains except collaboration. Your group members will evaluate you for this domain.

I've also attached a list of poetry terms for which you are responsible. You will have to know these terms for the final exam, and you will have to incorporate these terms into your analysis of the various poems on your page.

Here is a list of the poems from your text book. You may choose any one of the six poems to analyze.
"Caged Bird" by Maya Angelou
"Blackbery Eating" by Galway Kinnell
"Memory" by Margaret Walker
"The Seven Ages of Man" by William Shakespeare
Sonnet 30 by William Shakespeare
"Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost

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Wiki Etiquette

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  • Be truthful. Make sure the information you include is correct and supported by research. Use reliable, credible sources.
  • Information please. The Internet is a great resource for information, but information is only useful when it is accurate. Before referencing a website, ask and answer a few simple questions:
    • Who is the author or sponsor and what are his/her qualifications or credentials?
    • What type of information is provided?
    • When was the information created, last updated, or revised?
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    • Why is the information posted? Is the purpose to educate, inform, present UNBIASED views, or entertain?
  • Ask first, then give credit. Ask an artist's permission to post his/her photos, pictures, or pieces of writing. If you are quoting an article or information from a story, be sure to post where you secured it.
  • Be nice. Remember that comments always seem harsher in writing. Don't use sarcasm. Be supportive and positive; create a collaborative environment.
  • Read, proofread, and revise before you submit your work. Don't rush. Once you press the button, you can't reverse the process. Proofread everything you write and use spell check.
  • Be brief, to the point and logical. Use breaks in your text and formatting elements to make the page easy to understand.
  • Follow directions. Be sure the follow the directions stipulated for the assignment.
  • Be courteous. Don't deliberately delete someone else's work. Remember that this is a collaborative process, and all additions and deletions should be discussed among your group members.