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Inside Poetry: Getting Organized to Write

Now that you have collected your thoughts along with those of the critics, the next step is to organize the materials in preparation for writing. Before determining which pattern of organization you use, you must give careful thought to the … Continue reading

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Suggestions for Approaching Poetry

Assume that it will be necessary to read a poem more than once. Give yourself a chance to become familiar with what the poem has to offer. Like a peace of music, a poem becomes more pleasurable with each encounter. … Continue reading

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Short Story Unit Plan

Given: I have a variety of online etexts of classic short stories. Each story is linked to a discussion forum of the author. I have a Short Story Study Guide template. I figure this template will suffice for a multi-threaded … Continue reading

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The Night Aunt Dottie Caught Elvis’s Scarf When He Tossed It From The Stage Of The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

This exercise is simple: write a poem about a family member meeting a famous person. All of us have such incidents embedded in family history or folklore: the day Dad shook hands with Ike in France; the time Mom spilled … Continue reading

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My Mother’s Kitchen

Use pencil crayons to draw a picture of your mother’s kitchen. Put the oven in it, and also something green, and something dead. Write a poem about your mother’s kitchen. You are not in this poem, but some female relation … Continue reading

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