Friday, February 21, 2014

Blogging with Malaysia on our Butterfly Project

Today we will be viewing the blogs of our friends in Malaysia, as well as the blogs of our peers in class. You will be provided a rubric in which to use to assess your peers. Below is an example of what an inappropriate vs. an appropriate comment looks like.


Inappropriate - This is a really good butterfly with lots of information. I like the way you used the colors and the images really show the meaning in the poem. It is just the right size and shape and very clear. Your writing is also very clear and it was easy to read. Well done. (Too general & rushed. Not thought behind it- could apply to any butterfly. Not rooted in the text)

Appropriate - I really liked your use of color, especially when you chose black to represent death instead of the usual red. I feel that really made your piece stand out. When you used the words 'to hell and back' I think you captured one of the key ideas in the poem and the rest of the images support this. They are all quite thought-provoking and by including one of the actual camp gates, we can see how intimidating it must have been for small children to be trapped there. You have a couple of typos with spelling such as 'scary' and 'terezin' without a capital letter, but overall, your butterfly really made me see more meaning in the poem and appreciate the emotions that the writer tried to communicate. Thanks!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Blog for 2/10/14 - 7th Grade

For this week you will be creating a Two Voice Poem based on the book  you are currently reading. 

Two -Voice Poetry
What is a Two-Voice poem?
Two-voice poetry is written for two people to perform. The poetry usually has two columns—one for each person who is reading the poem. Each person reading the poem reads the text in one of the columns. Sometimes, the poet wants the two readers to say something at the same time; so the poet writes the words on the same line in each column. These poems often sound like a dialogue for two people. 
How do I write poetry for two voices?
Just like all poetry, poems for two voices need an idea. Nature makes great subject matter for poetry for two voices, but two voice poems can also be written about school, current events, or events in literature. In writing your own poem for two voices, think about ideas that need discussion or make for great dialogue. List 3 ideas from your own life that might make for good poetry with more than one voice. 




Begin crafting your poem into two columns—one column for each speaker in the poem. Your poem should have a minimum of 20 lines per person and at least 5 of those lines must be shared. Please see a brief example below.