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  • 1. Making Literature Exciting: Beating the Poetry Resistance Session 7.3. January 9, 2014  Rachel Heinhorst. College of Southern Maryland,  Krista Keyes. College of Southern Maryland, AFACCT ’14 Conference Prince George’s Community College Session 7.3. January 10, 2014
  • 2. To bring this idea into the classroom, I like to turn to the music I know my students are listening to. Eminem, a very influential rapper in today’s pop culture, is certainly a commonly listened to artist. I imagine that many of his songs exist on playlists formed on iPods and smartphones. Knowing this, I will begin a lesson by playing one of his songs: Example Assignments for Connecting to Poetry
  • 3. In his song, “Monster,” students will be introduced to many literary elements. In this one song we find figurative language, tone, allusion, irony, and satire. Because the song is popular to my students, the discovery of these elements leaves a lasting impression. Once establishing the connection through the music, introducing a poem becomes less intimidating to students. They notice that these elements exist within the world they are connected to, and can begin to analyze the way in which the elements assist the meaning of the poems we read in class. To help the understanding of this I show a YouTube video by another famous rapper, Jay-Z, entitled “Rap is Poetry.”
  • 4. Twitter is another way to show students that poetry has a very active life beyond the classroom. An assignment using Twitter for research can be effective as many students maintain social circles through its use. Even Sharon Olds has a Twitter page: Sharon Olds @Old_Sharon I’m just a raw use of direct language and honest approach to topics such as sexuality, relationships, and violence, both political and personal.
  • 5. The Paris Review @parisreview Nov 19 “Poems [are] instructions for how to put the world back together if it were destroyed.” —Amy Hempel, on Sharon Olds: . Here is an example: Twitter Author Research Assignment Twitter will be your only search engine. Every source must be found by searching through Twitter. Check to see if your chosen poet has a twitter page (most do, even if maintained by an organization). 1. Read through postings to find informational links about your chosen poet. 2. Read through posted tweets about the poems and poet to get a sense of how others feel about your chosen poet and their poems. 3. Read through postings (tweets) to find links to poems by your chosen poet. 4. Search for poetry journals, find website links, and search for information about your chosen poet. 5. Gather all found information and begin writing.
  • 6. Sharon Olds @Old_Sharon 9 Dec 2012 I call this "Douche Bag Ode" #enjoy … Assignment Requirements: Introduce the poet. Use the poet’s Twitter page and poetry journal information to offer a brief biography of your chosen poet. Introduce three poems by the poet and a theme, if noticeable. Include two or more Twitter comments about poems or poet, connecting the responses to the poems and poet. Respond to each comment using your own interpretations and reasoning. Examine what is being said about your chosen poet and respond.