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:
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:
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:
|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|
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.|
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?
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.
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.
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.
Reading 3 Chapter 3 Measuring the Line I and Chapter 4 Measuring the Line II
Writing 3 Write a poem in syllabics.
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.
Reading 5 Chapter 6 Subject Matter
Writing 5 Using research, write a poem about an odd or unique subject.
|Week 8||8-Mar||Update Favorites||10-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.
Reading 7 Chapter 8 Tale, Teller Tone
Writing 7 Write a poem from the point of view of someone you usually disagree with.
Reading 8 Chapter 9 The Mysteries of Language
Writing 8 Write a poem in the voice of a unique or odd speaker.
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.
Reading 10 Chapter 12 Becoming a Poet
Writing 10 Write a wild nonsense poem.
|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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