· Students ready for college-level writing are excited to write about topics they enjoy
· Students not ready for college-level writing have a
point-of-entry into writing, via their ideas about topics they know about
· International students new to America catch a better sense of American pop culture, as well as what fellow students are interested in
· All students and I learn how diverse the classroom is, the diversity both seen and unseen
As I include a poetry section, Gary Jackson's Missing You, Metropolis is a good match--including a Topeka poet in a Topeka classroom.
Here is the assignment:
Poetry in Freshman Composition?
· Students will deepen the connection between their thinking and their writing.
· Students will learn to develop their ideas through details, reasoning, and explanations.
· Students will learn to edit their writing for the correct use of standard written English.
Responding to Poetry
- What is the title of the poem?
- What is the poem generally about in both explicit and implicit terms?
- What are your favorite passages and/or uses of language and why?
- How can we, as poets, borrow from the rhetorical strategy of the poem?
Really, I allow the student responses to serve as starting points to writing poems. I also share the interview: