ENG 287: Introduction to Creative Writing, Poetry Schedule

Reading - Worth 20% of your grade. For 10 weeks you will be assigned a chapter or two of reading. You will compose a response to the reading and post it in the Reading Discussion Board. To receive credit your response must:


• meet the word-length requirement of 500 words
• use short quotes to support your response
• provide analysis (using literary terms) rather than summary (retelling)

Workshop - Worth 30% of your grade. You will prepare written workshop responses for all of the people in your group. You will post all of your comments in one post in the Workshop forum in BB. To receive credit your response must:


• meet the word-length requirement of 500 words per post
• use short quotes to support your response
• provide analysis (using literary terms) rather than summary (retelling)
• offer suggestions for revision

 

Writing - Worth 20% of your grade. For 10 weeks you will be given an assignment to write a poem. It is very important to turn your writing in on time so that peers have time to respond. To receive credit your response must:


• be posted on time
• show a thoughtful response to the writing assignment

Portfolio - Worth 30% of your grade. Revision is an imperative step for even the most experienced and skilled writers. Revision is especially important for student writers, since successful revisions show mastery of literary terms and techniques. For the Portfolio you will revise work you have turned in throughout the semester. Grades for the Portfolio are based on the quality of your revisions and your ability to describe why you made the changes you did based on literary skills. Please see the "Portfolio" button in Blackboard for complete instructions.

 

Spring 2011 Schedule
ENG 287 Beginning Workshop Poetry
    Work Due at Tuesday Noon   Work Due Thursday at Noon
Week 1 18-Jan

Questions: Study all of the sections in the Blackboard course (Announcements, Policies, Schedule, Materials, Discussion). If you have questions, please post them in the "Questions" Forum.

20-Jan Introductions: Please post a 500 word note about yourself in the "Introductions" Forum.
Week 2 25-Jan
Favorites: In the Favorites forum, post a 500 word note that describes your 5 favorite Living Contemporary American poets. They must be AMERICAN and ALIVE. Consider the following questions: What draws you to their work? What career paths have they followed? What work of theirs have your read or would you like to read?
27-Jan
Goals: In the Goals forum, post a 500 word note that clearly define 5 goals you have for the semester.
See Above for Thorough Description of Reading, Writing, Workshop, and Portfolio Assignments.
Week 3 1-Feb

Reading 1 Chapter 1 An Introduction and Chapter 10 Finding the Poem

Writing 1 Write a list of three emotions you have felt recently. Choose one of those and fill in sensory details that correspond with it (sight, sound, smell, taste, texture). Use those sensory details to write a poem about the emotion, but do not name the emotion.

3-Feb

Workshop 1

 

Week 4 8-Feb

Reading 2 Chapter 2 Verse

Writing 2 Write a poem in a very strict form, such as rhyming couplets. Then re-write the poem in free verse.

10-Feb Workshop 2
Week 5 15-Feb

Reading 3 Chapter 3 Measuring the Line I and Chapter 4 Measuring the Line II

Writing 3 Write a poem in syllabics.

17-Feb Workshop 3
Week 6 22-Feb

Reading 4 Chapter 5 The Sound and Look of Sense

Writing 4 Write a love poem with harsh sounds or a hate poem with soft sounds.

24-Feb Workshop 4
Week 7 1-Mar

Reading 5 Chapter 6 Subject Matter

Writing 5 Using research, write a poem about an odd or unique subject.

3-Mar Workshop 5
Week 8 8-Mar Update Favorites 10-Mar

Update Goals

Week 9 15-Mar Spring 17-Mar Break
Week 10 22-Mar

Reading 6 Chapter 7 Metaphor

Writing 6 Make up as many metaphors or similes as you can for a common object. Develop the best into a poem.

24-Mar Workshop 6
Week 11 29-Mar

Reading 7 Chapter 8 Tale, Teller Tone

Writing 7 Write a poem from the point of view of someone you usually disagree with.

31-Mar Workshop 7
Week 12 5-Apr

Reading 8 Chapter 9 The Mysteries of Language

Writing 8 Write a poem in the voice of a unique or odd speaker.

7-Apr Workshop 8
Week 13 12-Apr

Reading 9 Chapter 11 Devising and Revising

Writing 9 Write a 20 line poem about taking a walk. Include specific detail about what the walker encounters.

14-Apr Workshop 9
Week 14 19-Apr

Reading 10 Chapter 12 Becoming a Poet

Writing 10 Write a wild nonsense poem.

21-Apr Workshop 10
Week 15 26-Apr Portfolio Draft Due 28-Apr Portfolio Workshop Due
Week 16 3-May Portfolio Due 5-May Happy Summer Break

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