After-school Poetry & Short Stories class
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The Poetry & Short Stories class will meet from October 2017 to May 2018 on Thursdays from 4:15-5:40.  Mr. Streit will be visiting Language Arts classrooms in late September to provide information about this class.  Any student in grades 6-8 is welcome to attend this after school class.

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On Thursdays from 4:15-5:40, Mr. Streit teaches a Poetry & Short Stories class in Room 213.  There is no cost to attend this class.  This class runs from October 22nd to May 5th.  Any student in grades 6-8 is welcome to attend.  Regular attendance is appreciated but not required.
 

Here is a class description, and the learning targets and standards covered in this class:

Class Description:  In the Poetry & Short Stories class, students will read and analyze poems and short stories.  We will analyze the structure, elements (figurative language, rhyme, symbolism, etc.), and style of the poems and short stories.  Students will discuss these poems and short stories, and reflect on their meanings.  Students will also write and revise their own poetry and short stories, including sending finished work off to a publication (Stone Soup) in the hope of becoming a published author.

Learning Targets
* I can read and analyze a poem and short story to determine its meaning and connotation.
* I can find and describe examples of metaphor, alliteration, symbolism, and other poetic elements.
* I can find examples of figurative language, character and setting details, symbolism, voice, and other elements in a short story.
* I can analyze a poem’s structure and describe how it affects the poem’s meaning.
* I can write and revise my own poetry and short stories, using specific elements, such as repetition, rhythm, rhyme, and sensory language for poems and figurative language, character and setting details, and dialogue for short stories.
* I can write structured poems, such as villanelles, sonnets, haiku, and cinquains.
* I can discuss the meaning of and reflect on a poem and short story.
* I can revise and get my creative writing ready to be published.

Language Arts State Standards addressed
* 6.4.4.4/7.4.4.4/8.4.4.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem
* 6.4.5.5/7.4.5.5/8.4.5.5: Analyze how a drama’ s or poem’ s form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning.
* 6.4.6.6/7.4.6.6/8.4.6.6: Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text, including those from diverse cultures.
* 6.4.2.2/7.4.2.2/8.4.2.2: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
* 6.7.3.3/7.7.3.3/8.7.3.3: Write narratives and other creative texts to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
- Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.
- Use literary and narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, rhythm, rhyme, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
- Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, figurative and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events.

Differentiation
In this class, students will have the option to choose poetry and short stories to read and write based on their skill level and the amount of challenge.  Students will also discuss these poems and short stories in a setting that is safe but allows them to challenge themselves and their thinking.  Students will also attempt to get their writing published, and students can choose which magazine to submit their poems/stories to for publication.