Name: Adriana Date:Nov. Changes: Creative Writing Project Writing a Poem In this project, you’ll be writing a poem which deals with any aspect of family discussed in the readings from the Changes unit. It could be a poem about your favorite family member (or your least favorite family member); it could be a poem about changes occurring in your family; it could be a poem about losing or gaining family members; it could be a poem about cultural traditions in your family. Writing a poem is a creative project, so be sure to use all the resources of your imagination and personal experience.
Project Preparation As far as format is concerned, there are no rules. Your poem can rhyme or be free verse. You can create stanzas that are composed of an equal number of lines or invent an unusual pattern. You can use elevated, or more formal, poetic language or the informal language of everyday discourse. Your poem can take on a more traditional poetic format or be casual in nature. It’s up to you! Think about whether you will take a definite stance on the issues being raised in your poem or leave it up to your readers to interpret what you mean.
Also, think about the poetic devices you learned in this unit: Will you include personification in your poem like Chrystos did in “I Have Not Signed a Treaty”? Did you like the similes that Cathy Song used in “Magic Island”? Should your poem contain repetition like Sue Doro’s “The Father Poem Two”? These are just some of the things you can ponder as you create your masterpiece poem. To give you some structure, we’ve created some extra guidelines. Your poem should be at least 10 lines in length to ensure you have enough space to engage the issues of family in which you are most interested.
In addition, you will need to write 1-2 paragraphs where you describe the choices you made during the writing process; i. e. , what are the reasons for your choice of subject matter, imagery, form, tone, diction, etc. These paragraphs should accompany your poem. Finally, don’t hesitate to use the poetry you’ve read in the Changes unit, or elsewhere, to get ideas about subject matter, form, style, etc. Perhaps you’re more comfortable writing in free verse like Lawrence Ferlinghetti did in “The Old Italians Dying. ” On the other hand, you might like the discipline provided by writing in a traditional form.
It’s your choice. If you’ve never written a poem before, don’t let that intimidate you. This project will be challenging and rewarding. Good luck, and enjoy! Saving and Submitting Assignments Be sure to save this file as a file type *. rtf. If your teacher requires students to submit the assignments via email, please be sure to include your user name before the assignment name when saving. Example: dsmith_amlit1b_changes_writing_1. rtf When you have completed this assignment, you must submit it to your teacher in one of the following ways: Via email if previously instructed to do so by your teacher ·Following the instructions outlined in the “Saving and Sending Assignments” document found in the “Course Documents” section Begin your project here. “ I love u “ Dad, I love you, When ever I saw you, You would put a smile on my face, You cheered me up, When I was feeling down, You cheered me on, When I was doing good, You made me Laugh and Giggle, When ever you tickled me on my feet, When ever I fell, You would pick me up and put me back on my feet, You made me proud, When you never gave up and you kept trying, You never let anything stand in your way, THAT’S WHY I LOVE YOU