Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Turning Patterns to Themes: December 9, 2015

Focus: How can we use found poetry to turn patterns/topics into themes?

1. Warming up with reading conferences and time to finish reading and annotating A Long Way Gone

As you annotate these final chapters, consider the following the following question:

What does Beah want us to understand/learn/take away from his memoir?

2. Offering you an overview of the Found Poem Rubric to help you refine your poem

3. Finishing your Found Poem for A Long Way Gone with a focus on theme and tone

Pattern/topic: Storytelling as a way for Ishmael to connect to his past

Theme: Storytelling helps Ishmael connect to his past because it keeps him rooted in the morals his family and village have taught him since childhood.

Tone (emotion): The parts of the novel with storytelling are uplifting, hopeful, and contemplative; if Ishmael can connect to his past self through stories, then telling his own story in this memoir will help him root his future self in the same set of morals.

1. Finish your found poem if you did not finish in class.

2. Finish reading and annotating A Long Way Gone for our final fishbowl discussion tomorrow.

3. If you have not yet done so, please complete the assignment, "Connecting Clauses, Take 2."

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