Here we have a contemporary poem written by the Zambian poet Gwendolyn Konie entitled "In the Fist of Your Hatred." This activity encourages students to develop their use of simile in their own creative writing as well as developing their poetic voice into separate stanzas; this two-in-one activity also pushes students to practice proper grammar in correcting sentences for acceptable punctuation usage and the eight parts of speech. This all in one activity may be used as a PowerPoint presentation or a printable handout with your class(es).
In assigning students to compose their own poetry and correct grammatical errors, 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 formal grammar/conventions.
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