Thursday, May 3, 2007

Final Project, Final Class


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 Space
    o Weather
    o Seasons
    o Families
    o Friends/Friendship
    o Childhood Activities
    o Holidays
    o Feelings/Emotions
    o Sports
    o School
    o Nature
    o Insects, Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians, Birds, Mice, or Farm Animals
    o The Ocean/Marine Life


Today my students will have a special treat. Grace Lin is coming to my final class to discuss her book THE YEAR OF THE DOG.

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