Changes: Creative Writing Project
Writing a Poem
In this project, you'll be writing a poem which deals with any aspect of family discussed in the readings from the Changes unit. It could be a poem about your favorite family member (or your least favorite family member); it could be a poem about changes occurring in your family; it could be a poem about losing or gaining family members; it could be a poem about cultural traditions in your family. Writing a poem is a creative project, so be sure to use all the resources of your imagination and personal experience.
As far as format is concerned, there are no rules. Your poem can rhyme or be free verse. You can create stanzas that are composed of an equal number of lines or invent an unusual pattern. You can use elevated, or more formal, poetic language or the informal language of everyday discourse. Your poem can take on a more traditional poetic format or be casual in nature. It's up to you!
Think about whether you will take a definite stance on the issues being raised in your poem or leave it up to your readers to interpret what you mean. Also, think about the poetic devices you learned in this unit: Will you include personification in your poem like Chrystos did in "I Have Not Signed a Treaty"? Did you like the similes that Cathy Song used in "Magic Island"? Should your poem contain repetition like Sue Doro's "The Father Poem Two"? These are just some of the things you can ponder as you create your masterpiece poem.
To give you some structure, we've created some extra guidelines. Your poem should be at least 10 lines in length to ensure you have enough space to engage the issues of family in which you are most interested. In addition, you will need to write 1-2 paragraphs where you describe the choices you made during the writing process; i.e., what are the reasons for your choice of subject matter, imagery, form, tone, diction, etc. These...