Tuesday, November 8, 2016

AP Lit: Poetry Workshop w Meg Willing & Lit 3x3 & More

Today we had a tremendous poetry workshop with  poet/editor/designer Meg Willing, who also happens to be an alumna of THE Mt. Blue High School.

She showed us how to look at a poem through three lenses: poet, editor, and book designer.  She used Marie Howe's "The Gate" as the centerpiece of this work.

We read the poem a number of times, she guided us through the poem through those lenses, and then we did some close readings.

This was followed by an exploration of rapid fire book designs for "The Gate."  This was lot like our 8 Box experience -- this time we had nine boxes & three minutes, followed by three minutes to expand three ideas on index cards.

We ended with just a short amount of time to play with cutup poetry -- an idea to which we will most definitely be returning in the near future *cough* next week I think *cough*

Coming up on Thursday . . .  Literary 3x3s done right.   We got away from these during Q1 and no longer.  They are powerful ways to move our thinking around and tackle analysis and we need to be doing them regularly and with great intent.   So . . .

Bring Literary 3x3s for The Hours, Mrs Dalloway, and Shakespeare's "Fear No More."

Here are the parameters for Literary 3x3s
  1. Criteria for an effective L3x3
    1. Three, Three-Word “Sentences”: loose grammar
    2. Powerful, Meaningful Diction: consider connotation vs denotation
    3. Every Word Counts: avoid prepositions and articles
  2. Upon forming the deck, lay out the L3x3s and then number the cards in a backside corner 1-9, so as to create an answer key.  Put your initials in the lower right corner of the numbered side of the deck.  On the word side of the cards, put the name of the text or abbreviation in lower left hand corner, creator in the lower right. This way you can mix up the decks and always get back to your starting position.

On Thursday, we have a short class, so we will be working with these Literary 3x3s and sharing projects.

Here's the blogging and reading for this week.

READ.  How to Read Lit.  "If It's Square, It's Sonnet"
BLOG POST. Written Analysis.  Select a power quote (a key moment in Foster's chapter) that you believe captures the essence of the chapter. Defend your choice.
Due. Friday 11.11.16

BLOG POST.  Reflection on Dallowinian Party.  What did you take from it?  What would you do the same?  What might you do differently? 
Due. Friday 11.11.16

READ. The Sonnets & Poetry Foundation Background on Sonnets -- Read all of the Highlighted Sonnets.

Read these in the service of your analytical blog post this week so you have some context for sonnets.  Be familiar with all of them for Tuesday, 11.15.16 for our work that day.
Choose one to annotate and Literary 3x3 for next Tuesday.  11.15.16 

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