This week we finish M-Step testing! We will be continuing out poetry unit learning about Limericks, Meter, Alliteration, Emulation, and Imagery. There will be a quiz on Friday as well. At this point, students should be well underway constructing their poetry portfolios. The types of poems covered are the required object, haiku, and limerick poems as well as 3 of the personal choice options of lyric, narrative, and ballad poems. Please review the attached rubric with your students so that planning for the desired outcome is not left to the last minute. The due date for the portfolios is tentatively set for June 1. However, student may turn it in by 3pm on Friday, May 29 for a little extra credit. J
RDW #1—Describe (using as many senses as possible) your favorite place or places. Be specific! Highlight the senses being used (if you can color-code them, great!)
RDW #2 –Choose one of the examples from class and explain the impact of alliteration. Highlight the examples of alliteration either referenced or written out. (slogans, cartoon, song, etc.) PowerPoint examples attached as a pdf.
RDW help--If students are stuck tell them to start with:
1. Use TAG--Is there a title? Who is the author or creator? What genre is it (ie: advertisement, poem, etc.)
2. What author's craft choice is being used? (alliteration)
3. What is the purpose of alliteration in this instance?
4. Give an example (cite text evidence).
In _______________________________ ‘s (author) ____________________________ (genre), “____________________________” (title), the creator uses alliteration to ______________________________________________. For example, (text evidence). This helps the reader ______ (purpose)________.
Example of advertising:
In Jaguar’s advertisement, the slogan “Don’t dream it. Drive it” uses alliteration to act as a memory aid to help viewers remember the product and make them more inclined to buy it. It emphasizes the “dr” sound, which is similar to a “j” sound, so the slogan sounds like the product itself.
In Land Rover’s advertisement, “The best four by four by far,” the company uses alliteration to create a musical effect that makes the viewer more inclined to remember the product. Its song-like quality is easy to remember (and sometimes hard to forget!)
The poem, “Books”, by Mrs. Falconer is creating a jealous, strong tone. She often uses alliteration, particularly hard sounds like c, p, and t to create this tone. For example, when she wrote, “telling terrifying tales,” “cuddled on the comfy couch,” and “pored over ponderous pages”, she was trying to draw attention to the specific situation that bothered her and prompted her to want to read, so she emphasized hard consonants to demonstrate frustration and gritty determination to read. This use of alliteration clearly communicates the appropriate tone, but it is a little overused and draws the attention to the alliteration instead of the content of the poem.
Upcoming Important Dates:
May 22: Final book talks in person
May 28: Written book talk forms due (if a student chooses to write it instead of speak with me directly)
May 29: Poetry Portfolio (for extra credit)
June 1: Poetry Portfolio (final due date)
Have a great week!
Ms. Melissa Baldini
English Language Arts
Gaylord Middle School