Monday, November 25, 2013

PACE: Poetry Is Music: Repetition & Rhyme

We have a Turkey Day ahead of us and then . . . we unleash the full fury of our project-based learning on the Poetry Is Music Is Poetry unit.

Today, we add our third -- and final --  building block so that we can move forward with creating.
 Repetition and rhyme are very similar.   Miss Rumble built this flipped lesson to help you.

We will take a look at how a couple of different poems use rhyme and repetition effectively and in different ways.

Before we move any further, we are going to craft "If I understand ______ then I can ______ "  statements around these four poetic devices.  This is all part of unpacking standards.

  • For example, if I understand diction, then I can choose a better word than "good" to describe my feelings about my relationship with my wife.

Or maybe . . . 

  • If I understand repetition, then I can write a poem that uses the same phrase at the beginning of each line to help get my point across.

Let's fill one of the marker boards with these statements so we can get ideas for how we might demonstrate our understanding through the projects.

You will have time to complete your graphic organizers.

If you've done all the work in the unit & quarter up to now, you will have . . .

  • 12 blog posts (including Oct. 28 - Nov 1)
  • 4 graphic organizers (beat making lab, diction, figurative language, rhyme/repetition) 
One quick glance at the Google Drive IN folders suggests that folks have some work left to do.  This work is important because it lets me know whether or not you are understanding the basics knowledge before you start trying to create and make.


Blog: No New Posts!  Get caught up!  Should have 12!

Graphic Organizers: Check your due dates doc.  Have you kept up? Get them into your IN folder.

AP Lit: 2B/3B A Mushy Day of Mush & An Apology

Monday had a plan.  And  . . . it did not play out as intended in either class.  Here's what would have happened in a more perfect world.

Get inspired for 10 minutes by perusing the items on the inspiration shelf.
Go for a swim through the Mt. Blue Campus, taking in observations and then applying them to a reading of Cheever's "The Swimmer."
Read and discuss Hamlet.
Peer workshop synthesis essay #2 (3B only)

Instead . . . well . . . other things happened in each.  And I set a rather crap tone to carry us into our Turkey Day break.  This is a public apology for that.  We have had a really great fall from my p.o.v. and a confluence of factors came along this morning to disrupt that greatness.  My frustration cup runneth over and I looked for blame rather than solutions.  NOT the best way to go.

One thing I love about these three classes is that each has its own identity.  Today, I disrupted both classes with ill-considered min-rants.  They came from a place of truth, but not a place of empathy and thus, they were unfair.

Moving forward.  I will blog.  Daily. And if the blog is not up when you come to class, you will have time to work, discuss, DO, while I get the blog up.   No blog, no class.  It's a reasonable expectation.

Moving forward.  Please read.  I try very hard not to overwhelm with too much work at a time.  (Sometimes I fail at this.) And the penalties for lateness are minimal in AP Lit. As a result, I know that class work for other classes can sometimes take precedent.  I'm asking everyone to be amplify the cognizance around this: If I can't be confident that the class has read, I can't be confident in planning meaningful experiences around the reading.  And that means I make gross, lame, classes.  We haven't had many of those I don't think -- at least it hasn't felt that way to me.  So . . .

Putting this on the blog in hopes that it will increase my own accountability in these regards.

Mr. Ryder

Blog: NONE!  Take the week to catch up on past entries or just plain chill.  And if you want to blog, I will read it!  Blogs continue to be a source of inspiration for me.  So much good stuff.  If you haven't read through your classmates' thoughts yet, do so post haste!

Synthesis Essay 2: Due Tuesday, November 26th.  Google Drive that sucker.

Hamlet:  We will pause until we have read in class up to where we have read outside of class.  We will be calibrated when we are back from Turkey Day.

Humanities: Photo Essay / StoryCorps Poverty Product Rubric