Poetry Slam, Vacation and Beyond

After more than two days of inspiring and moving poetry in the 7th Grade Poetry Slam, it’s time for some much needed rest. I Screen shot 2011-03-18 at 3.36.39 PMwish all of you a restful holiday, because you deserve a break. There is no scheduled homework, so catch up on sleep, read a good book, explore, and have adventurous travels.

When we return we’ll finish learning about the Middle Ages, and begin preparing for Black Death Day on April 7th.

Many of you chose not to turn in your Poetry Portfolio on Friday before break. This means you want to take the opportunity to work a little more on your poems, the portfolio, or reflections. Poetry Portfolios will be due on the Monday you return from break (March 28th).

Your parents will love watching the videos with you at your SLC.

Poetry Portfolio

It is time to begin the Poetry Portfolio, which will be a collection of your BEST poetry and the reflections on those poems.Screen shot 2011-03-10 at 8.45.24 AM

You will need to write seven (7) original poems from different categories and present them in your portfolio with a picture and a quality reflection.

Use this Sample Portfolio to help you put your own high-quality portfolio together. Read the instructions page very carefully to be sure you have met all the requirements.

Look at these student samples to get an idea of what a high-quality portfolio looks like.

Student Example #1
Student Example #2


FRIDAY 3/18/11

Here are the seven categories for your poems. You will fill out a checklist like this one in your own portfolio.

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How to Write a Cinquain

How to Write Haiku

How to Write an Acrostic Poem

Society in the Middle Ages

Essential Questions

1.  How does fear affect people’s actions?

2.  What social roles do people play in life?

3.  How does a religious group impact a society?

4.  What can cause a society or civilization to regress?

Catherine, Called Birdy – chapter summaries / study guide

The CCB final assessment will be on Thursday, March 10th

Take time to review the book by looking over the chapter summaries. Think about the plot of the book and how it develops. Think about how Catherine’s character develops and changes throughout the book. Think about how the relationships between characters evolve and change throughout the book. Think about the metaphors and symbology used in the book.

CCB – Study Guide and Summaries