I have been busy this past week grading the final projects of the students in my children's literature course. The project is one that many students enjoy working on--especially because the finished product is something they can use in their classrooms or libraries. It's a themed poetry anthology. Here are the project requirements:
Themed Poetry Anthology
Create a themed poetry anthology for children.
- The anthology must contain at least 30 poems of quality.
- It should also contain poetry that is rhymed and unrhymed.
- Try to include different types of poetry: lyrical, narrative, persona/mask, apostrophe/poems of address, haiku, cinquain, etc.
- Do not select more than 2 works by any one poet.
- You must use no fewer than 7 different poetry collections and/or anthologies as sources for your selections. (Do not select poems from Internet Web sites!)
- Include a table of contents with the titles of the poems and names of the poets.
- Include a bibliography of the poetry collections and anthologies you used as sources for your selections. (List the poems you selected from each book.)
- Give the age or grade levels of the children for whom the anthology is intended. For example: Grades K to 3, 4 to 6, 5 to 8 or Ages 4 to 8, 6 to 10, 9 to 12.
- Consider the organization/grouping of the poems you select and how the poems work together in your themed anthology.
- Make sure your themed poetry anthology is well balanced. For example, an anthology of poems about the seasons should include an equal number of poems about each season.
- Do not submit photocopied poems. (You may photocopy concrete poems.)
- Some suggestions for your themed anthologies:
o Childhood Activities
o Insects, Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians, Birds, Mice, or Farm Animals
o The Ocean/Marine Life
FINAL CLASSToday my students will have a special treat. Grace Lin is coming to my final class to discuss her book THE YEAR OF THE DOG.