Here we have an ELA activity utilizing a contemporary poem entitled "Gesture" written by a poet from Ghana named Kwadwo Opoku-Agyemang to help encourage students to develop their creative use of figurative language -- either simile or metaphor -- in their own writing. This activity also requires that students practice proper grammar usage in re-writing sentences for acceptable use of punctuation and verb tense. The activity may be utilized as a worksheet or simply as a PowerPoint presentation.
In assigning students to compose their own poetry, we are urging students to move into the Common Core Standards of 21st Century Skills, including communication, creativity, and critical thinking; they ALSO are being pushed into the higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy (eg. moving beyond basic comprehension to application, analysis, evaluation, AND synthesis/creating)!
This is a fun method to help our future college students to not only read higher-level contemporary poetry, but also to prepare for standardized testing by applying strong reading strategies and proper grammar/formal language usage.
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