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Poetry Videos. Student-Created Poetry Videos in the AP Classroom. Nicole. Sylvia Plath’s “The Mirror”. Overview. Goals Procedures/advice Controlling time Assessing Mistakes. Goals for students. Literary analysis

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poetry videos

Poetry Videos

Student-Created Poetry Videos in the AP Classroom

  • Sylvia Plath’s “The Mirror”
  • Goals
  • Procedures/advice
  • Controlling time
  • Assessing
  • Mistakes
goals for students
Goals for students
  • Literary analysis
  • Sensitivity to all aspects of poem--imagery, sounds, structure, pace, repetition
  • Universal themes
goals for teacher
Goals for teacher
  • Alternate assessment of students’ understanding
  • Know students better
  • Recommendation letters
  • Encourage leadership, teamwork, problem solving, divergent thinking
rationale for goals
Rationale for goals
  • Choice/effect principle
  • Long-term memory of learning goals
  • Significant project--worth the energy
  • It’s permanent--so make it good
additional benefits
Additional benefits
  • Pride, fame
  • VPC club/film festival
  • Lasting memory beyond high school
  • Show to other classes
  • Comparative interpretations
  • Ann Stanford’s “The Beating”
why this project and not another
Why this project and not another?
  • Control
  • Quality
  • Inherent essence to convey
  • Much to unpack
  • Tradition to build and improve upon
others i ve tried with moderate success
Others I’ve tried with moderate success:
  • Scenes from a play or novel
  • Exposition
  • Farewell speeches
  • Lines from a play
  • Updated literature
  • Wilfred Owen “Dulce et Decorum Est”
procedures and advice
Procedures and advice
  • Plan
  • Film
  • Edit
  • Directors’ cuts
pre filming
  • Give assignment parameters in general
  • View old poetry videos
  • Go over rubric
  • Present great titles; limit selection
  • Make choice
  • Paraphrase poem
  • Write analysis
  • Storyboard or outline
  • Practice read through
gathering footage
Gathering footage
  • Vintage VHS files converted
  • Importing files from their own cameras
  • Deadline for out of school imports
  • Class time--sharing cameras, sharing actors--limit, after that study hall time
  • Collect stills as well; Photoshop effects
  • Scan photos
  • Students talk it through as they edit
  • Clip, rearrange
  • Re-shoot, gather more footage; conference with peers
  • Monitor sound track--unity with cuts in and out
  • Add special effects and transitions
  • Emily Dickinson’s “I felt a funeral in my brain”
sound track
Sound track
  • Find a quiet space
  • Watch screen and videotape, not minding what is in the picture
  • Import, split audio track, delete video
  • Line up
  • Gather a few stills or short quick times
  • Make chapters
  • Place images
  • Done!
  • Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”
directors cuts
Directors’ cuts
  • Studens plan or write commentary after viewing
  • Students go in room alone with camera on tripod; view film (muted or not) as they speak
  • PIP
kacy s director s cut
Kacy’s Director’s Cut
  • A. E. Housman’s “Oh Who Is That Young Sinner?”
controlling time
Controlling time
  • Be merciless
  • Point out what is out of your control--computer time, camera access
  • Post dates
  • Big sign ups
  • Learn from others’ mistakes
  • Fake deadlines
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Controlling time
  • Money
  • Advice on limiting scope, being realistic, limiting amount of footage
  • Using study hall time; before and after school time
  • Announcing project a month or two before it’s even officially started
  • Emily Dickinson’s “Apparently with No Surprise”
  • Ground rules
  • Rubric
  • Choice/effect charts
  • Directors’ cuts
  • Academy Awards
  • Ann Stanford’s “The Beating”
mistakes we ve made
Mistakes We’ve Made
  • Organization
  • Saving, deleting
  • Budgeting time
  • Misunderstanding the poem
  • Too literal, too figurative
  • Katharyn Howd Machan’s“Leda’s Sister and the Geese”