Archive for the ‘Transformation’ Category

Using Transitions for a Specific Purpose

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014


“Sentence Transitions.” Center for Writing. University of Minnesota, n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2013.

Support for knowing, understanding and applying key words for the Chemistry Quiz

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Wishing you well on your test.

What is Poetry?

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

This is a very difficult question to answer because poetry requires reading, it requires speaking, it requires writing and it requires listening. So, it requires all 4 language skills.

When people, including me, ask this question it reminds me of Louis Armstrong’s answer when he was asked what is jazz: “Man, if you gotta ask, you’ll never know.” Like jazz, poetry is open to likes and dislikes, and most especially people have different interpretations of poetry.

In grade 8 English, different interpretations are accepted as long as your interpretive ideas are fully supported by the poem. We’ll talk about this more later in the quarter. For now, let’s see what definitions other poets gave:

  • Robert Frost believed that “a poem is an idea caught in the act of dawning.”
  • W.H. Auden stated that poetry is “the clear expression of mixed feelings.”

My favorite is Thomas Carlyle’s response who said that poetry is “musical thought.”

Please make sure that you read some of the poems posted in the English Resources Googlefolder. Start searching for poems that you find inspirational, that make you think deeply and that connects with you emotionally (D. Burke). Read poems in your home language as well. Begin a collection of such poems.

Read Task 1 of the Performance Task carefully and start working on it TODAY!

Begin to REFLECT on how certain poems transform you or has a message of transformation. In order to reflect, you need to be able to recognize literary devices (tools) that poets use:

tone (what is the speaker’s attitude towards the subject of the poem?), simile (what images are created in the reader’s mind?), metaphor (does the poet create images by using comparisons?), personification, hyperbole, alliteration (how does the poem sound, hard & discordant?), assonance (how does the poem sound, soft & harmonious?), onomatopoeia (how does the poem sound?), connotations (are words used positively or negatively?), and repetition (what sounds, images, words are repeated and why?).

REFLECTION = MY PERSONAL RESPONSE (How did I react to the poem? What makes me feel this way?) (more…)

Poetic Devices/Poetic Techniques Quizlet

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

stars golden poemMr Laulo has been very kind and created A QUIZLET to help you get to grips with poetic techniques that you need to identify and use in your own poetry writing.








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Jimmy Stewart Poem that “MOVES US”

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013


Write your responses to Mr. Stewart’s poem in your SCRAPBOOK.

a. How did the poem make you feel?

b. Which parts of the poem made you feel

– sad?

– melancholy?

– happy?

– nostalgic?

c. Quote a verse line or verse lines from the poem that have an emotional impact on you? Cxplain the emotional connection.

d. Why did Jimmy Stewart write this poem?

e. Why would someone write a poem about their pet?



Monday, November 11th, 2013

Maya Angelou – She wrote poetry with strong anti-racist messages as a protest to the treatment of African-Americans.

Watch the BrainPop video about Maya Angelou.

On a brainframe summarize how Maya Angelou used her writing to transform American or any racist society. 

This is due by Friday, 15 November.

Task 2 English

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013


Poet’s full (real) name

Born – where & when

Died – where & when

 How did this influence his/her poetry?  Think about time period.

Family background- How did it influence his/her poetry?

What sparked the poet within to write about transformation?

What else relates transformation to your poet? Inferences?

Accomplishments in transforming poetry, society, culture

Types of poems written by the poet and most important poem- very important

CONTENT and SKILLS for Quarter 2

Friday, October 25th, 2013


Poetry Unit


READING – continue using metacognitive reading strategies to appreciate and analyze poetry

                      – apply interactive reading skills to research a poet and that poet’s impact on self/society

WRITING – creative writing of poetry using poetic devices such as similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, personification

                      – summary writing

SPEAKING – reading aloud of own poems

                         – performing poems with others

LISTENING – active listening during group discussions about a poem/poet

                          – listening for rhythm

                          – active listening of poems to draw a visualization




OBSERVATION: – chemical and physical changes during chemical reactions

                                    – changes in states of matter

WRITING: – laboratory reports

                       – scientific diagrams of observations

                       – using data tables and results graphs

SPEAKING: – using specific and technical Scientific language when discussing observation

READING: – reading for background information from textbook, “Chemical Building Blocks”

                        – reading to supplement understanding from textbook and blogs



The Elimination of Nuclear Weapons


INTERACTIVE READING – for understanding of the issue, “Elimination of Nuclear Weapons”

                                                       – for understanding of the problem, “nuclear proliferation”

                                                       – for research on a country’s contribution to the problem

                                                       – for research on a country’s position on the issue

WRITING – a brief (explanation of all of the above)

                      – a policy statement

                      – clauses for submission 

                      – interactive listening notes during the conference

SPEAKING – contribute to conference by lobbying for support of clauses

                         – contribute to conference by expressing arguments in support of clauses or against clauses




Poetic Devices – interactive game

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

You will need Adobe Shockwave Player installed on your computer for the programme to work. Test your knowledge of poetic devices and literary elements before we start the Poetry Unit.


Basic Literary Terms in Korean

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

This quizlet has some of the basic literary terms you will need to understand for the Second Quarter when we start our Poetry Unit.