For less-confident students, I suggest doing poems by the same authors we read in class, but most students go off to look at other poets, some using links I give them to get started. The range is exciting. Here's this year's list:
- 'War is Kind' by Stephen Crane
- 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Tennyson
- 'I Have a Rendezvous with Death' by Alan Seeger
- 'Grass' by Carl Sandburg
- 'The Man He Killed' by Thomas Hardy
- 'Hero of War' by Rise Against
- “Icarus Allsorts” by Roger McGough
- 'The Night I Count the Stars' by Yun Dong-ju (translated from the Korean by two students)
- 'Bagram, Afghanistan, 2002' by Marvin Bell
- 'Come on, come back' by Stevie Smith
- 'Futility' by Wilfred Owen
- 'Dreamers' by Siegfried Sassoon
The presentations went fairly well. This kind of close-reading is a new skill, and they all at least had the right idea. This year I had a specific day on which I checked annotated poems and that paid off. I need to focus more or oratory competency skills, and some kids would benefit from a lectern I think.
On a side note, the PowerPoints were less offensive than usual, and several of them were actual artful and nice to look at. Way to go IT teacher!