Introduction to Poetry
Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 12th grade
Join the award-winning poet Sally Thomas to learn all about poetic form -- and write with the literary elements of imagery, figurative language, tone, diction, voice, sound and rhyme, meter and pattern, and much more...
Your Course Description
Join this introduction to reading and writing poetry with award-winning poet Sally Thomas, covering literary devices including rhyme, meter, and figurative language — and the relationship of those elements to the overall meaning of a poem. Students will practice the art of close, critical reading, as well as experimenting with elements of poetry in their own writing. Introduction to Poetry plays a crucial function in the whole scheme of high-school literature, providing the student with a heightened understanding of this most mysterious literary form and sharpening a student’s overall writing and critical-reading skills. Introduction to Poetry serves as a prerequisite for more advanced and specialized poetry-writing courses, including Poetry: An Introduction to Poetic Forms.
Your Course Outline
Class 1: Introduction – What is a Poem?
Class 2: Reading the Poem
Class 3: How Words Mean
Class 4: Imagery
Class 5: Figurative Language I
Class 6: Figurative Language II
Class 7: Figurative Language III
Class 8: Allusion
Class 9: Meaning and Idea
Class 10: Tone, Diction, and Voice
Class 11: Musical Devices
Class 12: Sound and Meaning
Class 13: Rhyme and Meter
Class 14: Pattern: The Whole of the Poem
Your Course Details
Total Number of Classes: Fourteen (14)
1) Document Creation
All documents are turned in as Microsoft Word documents. If you do not own Microsoft Word 2007 or a later version, you can use a system such as Google Docs that converts to Word documents FREE.
The book, Sound and Sense, 8th Edition, Lawrence Perrine. Out of print, but readily available used for as little as $0.99 plus s/h. Click on the book title for ordering information.
Suggested Credit: One (1) full semester Poetry or Literature/ Creative Writing. For a full year of poetry, take with Poetry Writing
How this course fits with your other High School Writing Excellence courses...
|Fall Semester||Spring Semester|
|X-5 Punctuation/Grammar II||COLL-1 Mastering College Essay Writing|
|ADVANCED FICTION WRITING & LITERARY FORM|
|X-9 Hero's Journey, Part 1||X-10 Hero's Journey, Part 2|
|X-11 Screenwriting, Part 1||X-12 Screenwriting, Part 2|
|11-6 Authoring a Book, Part 1||11-8 Authoring a Book, Part 2|
|11-7 Writing the Short Story||X-19 SF/Fantasy Short Story|
|X-15 Fiction Writing Workshop||X-16 Screenwriting Workshop|
|CREATIVE WRITING: EXPRESSIVE & POETIC FORMS|
|X-17 Comedy Writing, Part 1||X-18 Comedy Writing, Part 2|
|X-13 Intro to Poetry||X-14 Poetry: Joining the Great Tradition|
|11-9 Pro Business Writing Essentials||11-10 Foundations of Journalism|
One Sign Up Option
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When you take the Recorded course, you will independently view the recorded video lesson and complete the coursework in the learning management system. The homework’s weekly quizzes are graded automatically by the computer for instant feedback, and parents grade all other work. There is an estimated one to three hours of homework/coursework per week outside of watching the weekly video lecture.
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Specific Course FAQs
Is this course required?
This course is a Writing Excellence course and is an “above and beyond” course from the FOUNDATIONS-DEVELOPMENT-ADVANCED series of 9-12th grade courses. If you’re thinking that you may want to be a published author or a writer for any of the creative arts (film, television, or more), then this course is for you.
Who should take the Poetry courses?
This course is perfect for the student pursuing a career that uses a good amount of writing — in any field. It’s also an excellent course for anyone pursuing careers using critical thinking (from law to engineering), literature-based studies (e.g. any of the humanities), or any of the creative arts. Especially for the student who may want a career as a poet, novel writer, screenwriter, or a story writer of any kind — this course is perfect for you.
Can I take another writing course at the same time?
Yes! With the shorter, single-area courses here at Aquinas Writing Advantage — and because there are so many high-interest courses that can make your writing great — many students take more than one writing course at a time.
Courses that “fit well” with this course include the foundational fiction courses, advanced fiction courses (The Hero’s Journey, Screenwriting, Comedy Writing, and Poetry 2), the High School Punctuation and Grammar 2 course (to ensure strong punctuation and grammar skills), Journalism, and Business Writing. Students planning on moving directly to a career or vocational training will benefit from the Business Writing course. This course can also be taken with any foundational high school course beyond the 9-Series courses.
Is this course considered an English, Writing, or Literature Analysis course?
This course is considered an advanced English and Writing course.