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Jump Start Jump Start Poetry Boot Camp: Write and Appreciate All Forms of Poetry

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In this 2 week (4 session) course learners will both learn the key elements of poetry and poetic forms and gain the confidence to write meaningful poetry themselves. (Same content as 4 week version of course)

Class Experience

US Grade 8 - 11
Advanced Level
4 lessons//2 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Class 1: The Why of Poetry—and What Exactly is a Poem?
Poems considered in Class 1 Poetry by Marianne Moore Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare The Epic of Gilgamesh The Tay Bridge Disaster by William McGonagall Ode to a Grecian Urn by John Keats Hope is a thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson Because I could not stop for death by Emily Dickinson Birches by Robert Frost Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll One Art by Elizabeth Bishop The More Loving One by W.H. Auden Haiku, Acrostic, Sonnet, Found Poetry Considered
Lesson 2
Class 2: The How of Poetry—What Elements Help Craft a Poem?
Devices of Sound Line (Metric feet) Rhythm Diction, Tone, Voice Imagery Poems considered in Class 2 Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost Audubon: A Vision by Robert Penn Warren The Tyger by William Blake Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe Salutation by Ezra Pound Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost Dreams by Langston Hughes Free Verse, Blank Verse, Lyric Poetry, Narrative Poetry, Epic Poetry Considered.
 Week 2
Lesson 3
Class 3: The What of Poetry—What Kinds of Poetic Expression Are There?
Poems considered in Class 3 Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost Audubon: A Vision by Robert Penn Warren The Tyger by William Blake Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe Salutation by Ezra Pound Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost Dreams by Langston Hughes Villanelle, Ekphrasis Poetry Considered.
Lesson 4
Class 4: The Who of Poetry—Your Own Poetic Expressions and Poetry of the Now
Poems considered in Class 4 The Starry Night by Anne Sexton The Gift Outright by Robert Frost The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman Drink To Me With Thine Eyes by Ben Jonson The Lucy Poems by William Wordsworth Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan Old Man Eating Alone in a Chinese Restaurant by Billy Collins The Work of Happiness by May Sarton
  • Learners will gain the skills both to write excellent and individualistic poetry in myriad formats. *Will gain confidence in both creativity and organization *Understand all the basic ideas of communication through poetry * To learn to communicate effectively, think adroitly and respond fluently in writing *To improve memory retention and organizational skills in crafting poetry *To expand vocabulary and word usage and phrasing *To gain deeper understanding of the nuances of poetry
As a former book publishing professional who worked at Knopf, Random House, and Workman Publishing, I am proud to have taught AP Language and Composition and trained for teaching AP Literature class with a key focus on poetry. Moreover, and in my longtime work as both tutor and teacher of both middle and high school students, I  have guided writers of all ages and abilities  to give each communicator the skills to think deeply, to cultivate an individual voice and style, and ultimately to discover true confidence to write well now and for always. 
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Homework
Frequency: available upon request
Feedback: available upon request
Details: Learners will be required to read an short poems for each of the four classes. In addition, each session has homework assignments that include writing specific types of poetry, reading out loud. Every homework assignment receives a nuanced and detailed written response from me.
Assessment
Frequency: available upon request
Details: All student work will be formally assessed with detailed written comments for maximum understanding and growth. Student work will always be returned in a timely manner prior to the next class so students will be able to absorb information to benefit their work and progress on the upcoming assignments. Please note: At the end of the sessions, if a formal written assessment of a learner is desired, I am happy to provide it. Please write and ask me directly.
No book purchase is necessary for this class-- all reading assignments will be sent via either link or pdf prior to each session. 
The Hatred of Poetry by Ben Learner
A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver
How to Read Poetry Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster 

Note: While all of these books are referenced during sessions, there are no book purchases necessary for this class.
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Bachelor's Degree from The University of Michigan, 1982 Honors in The History of Art, Does not Expire
Hello, Everyone, I'm Cindy Frank!

*Proud ACE Educator and INDEPENDENT TEACHER
*Classes limited to 6 students--all have a voice in the classroom
* All classes taught, written, and created by me for my learners
*Each session a full 55 minutes of... 
Group Class

$125

for 4 classes
2x per week, 2 weeks
55 min

Live video meetings
Ages: 12-17
2-6 learners per class

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