Reflection: Writing in Plain Style: Crafting a Personal Philosophy Poem - Section 2: Plain Writing: Time to Compose a Final Copy of a Poem


Looking back on the poems, the majority of students took the advice I gave to heart. However, there were a few who still struggled with expressing a conceit, either putting many simple metaphors and similes in their poems, or not having a conceit at all.  In the future I plan to ask for topics and object of comparison before a draft, so I can talk to the students about their process of comparing. 

Also, some students did use image searches and databases to add backgrounds and pictures to their work. In the future, I plan to require the final copies of these poems to be posted in a gallery on a class webpage, not only to reinforce the process of publishing, but to give the students a chance to "show off" some and take pride in their work. 

Overall, the poems were excellent, creative, and unique, although I did notice a large number of the young men in my class focusing on their belief that football is the most important thing in life. A few samples of the student poems are posted below. 

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Writing in Plain Style: Crafting a Personal Philosophy Poem

Unit 2: Literacy: Plain Living Portrayed in Puritan Poetry and Sermons
Lesson 7 of 10

Objective: SWBAT express understanding of conceit and poetic structure by composing a poem mimicking Puritan Plain Style

Big Idea: An expression of belief in poetic form: Puritan plain style poems profess what the poet holds dear.

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the puritan ca 1899 by augustus saint gaudens via wikimedia
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