Lesson One:Edgar Allen Poe
Over the past few weeks, we’ve combined Creative Writing and Art History to get to know the author, Edgar Allan Poe, and to learn the techniques of drawing pictures and poetry writing–combining them into one product to create a mood and set a scene. Let’s wrap this up!
First, let’s pick apart the poem, The Raven, that we read a bit. This article is a tough read, you might want to read it, think about it, and come back to it. A quick review and then a second reading might help. This is a great over-view of The Raven and includes a bank of words and historical references uses.
Questions about this article:
Have you ever heard the term “poetic feet” before? What does it mean?
What was the pattern Poe used?
What does meter mean in this context? (This will help you down the road when you study Shakespeare!)
Let’s make it simple: Poe used rhyming, symbolic references to Greek gods, lore, and biblical references to make his poem seem dark, and he used repetitive words, and he built suspense.
What did you think when you read that he originally penned the poem using a parrot? How would that one element changed the poem?
How can you use these elements (rhyming, suspense, a chosen meter…) to set the tone of your poetry? This can be done whether your poem is long and gloomy or short and joyful!
Next: read this (easy!) article about setting the mood in your writing.
To break it down: 5 tips to writing like Poe.
Last class we worked on drawing trees and we were going to work next on writing a poem that matched our trees. Here’s a video review of how to draw trees.
A longer, more instructive video:
Steps to completing the assignment:
- Pick your mood and tree to go with the mood that you’re hoping to set in your poem
- Decide the outcome of your poem
- Decide what meter you’d like to use
- Remember: know the ending before you start!
- Create a picture that includes both a tree AND a poem. Remember, it doesn’t have to be dark an ominous like Poe–it can convey any emotion you wish to share.
Lesson Two:Tell me what you know
Part of writing well-researched material is understanding the process of research and knowing what details are relevant to include in your written work.
Today, I’m going to make it easy on you.
I want you to pick a topic you’re passionate about. This could be skateboarding, baking banana bread, sewing a quilt, growing tomatoes in the garden, playing an instrument, swimming, etc. I want you to tell me three facts about this subject in essay format.
You’ll need to answer three questions: origin of topic, popularity of topic, cost of participating in topic.
So, if you were going to write a researched essay on banana bread, you’d look up who created it first, how much banana bread is prepared in the US annually or you could research popular chefs or bread makers and their banana bread, and what it would cost to make and/or buy banana bread.
Easy-peasy! Practicing researching and writing doesn’t have to be stressful and the more you do it, the easier it will become.
Remember to use the lessons we learned in Problem-Solving regarding citing your source. You can follow the links on that page to properly list out where you found your information.
Next lesson, we will turn this research writing into two things:
One: Wrapping up our Problem-Solving Research and essay writing
Two: Learning how to properly cite our sources when writing
Submit questions or essays to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lesson Three: Creative Writing with Mr. Hill April 7th
We have covered so much in creative writing class this year. One of the skills we have practiced is how to outline and create a working structure to write a relatively long form project from scratch. Most of you have done a wonderful job and I think you now realize that writing longer form projects is not as tough as you may have thought if you follow a format, step by step.
We have also explored shorter forms of creative writing, including various forms of poetry. All of you did awesome with this area of expression. I am still amazed at how well everyone did with creating original content by using the format of the different types of poetry presented in our class.
Now, to finish up this school year in our Creative writing class, we will explore free form writing. Free Form writing is simple as it is essentially writing without thinking about it. The idea is that you just put pen to paper and begin to write, not editing any of what you put down, just allowing your thoughts to flow and ebb. So basically, writing without thinking too much.
In class on zoom 4/7/2020, we will briefly discuss free form writing. The assignment below will be due next week. We will discuss free form writing and the parameters of the assignment during our classzoom, to make sure everyone understands this form of writing and to answer any questions you may have about the assignment.
Assignment due 4/14/2020
- Use a prompt
- Set a timer
- Keep your pen moving
- Write quickly
- Use the first word
- Write crap
- Go for it