This is modern poetry based on a fictitious character inspired by stereotypes of the type written by the Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes coupled with application and creativity exercises. This pair of Imitate-Reflect-Correct activities encourage students to develop the own original characters as well as to identify contemporary stereotypes and play with them -- make fun of them -- in their own creative writing. This two-in-one activity set also pushes students to practice proper grammar usage in re-writing sentences for acceptable use of punctuation and the eight parts of speech.
This assignment set may be reproduced as hands-on worksheets or use simply as a PowerPoint presentation with your class. This is a great method of helping our future college students to not only read higher-level modern poetry, but also to prepare for standardized testing by reviewing good reading skills and proper grammar usage.
In assigning students to compose their own poetry as well as correcting grammatical errors, we are urging students to move into the Common Core Standards of 21st Century Skills, including communication, creativity, problem-solving, 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 reviewing reading strategies and proper grammar/conventions. Enjoy, and thank you for visiting my TpT store!