I decided to kill two birds with one stone. I would use poetry as a unique way to analyze a photo from the past. By February in the school year, students have had a great deal of practice investigating a variety of first-hand accounts such as letters, government documents, photos and political cartoons. This would provide a different way for students to have to think at a higher level while studying the primary source.
So I took a very basic poem to start with. The haiku. Simple format of 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, and then 5 again in the last line. This was easy enough for me to teach the students, while reminding them of their recent poetry unit with Mrs. Harris and the importance of strong words.
The topic? Women's Suffrage.
I printed off four pictures (three primary sources and one illustration), gave each student a photo and these instructions:
- Create a haiku poem that describes the photo and uses your knowledge of our study of women's suffrage.
- The poem should follow the haiku format of 5-7-5 syllables.
- Use strong, descriptive words that are unique and fresh. Sensory details!
- Incorporate the vocabulary, people, and other issues we have discussed on the topic.
- Your words should not be redundant
- Correct spelling.
Here are a few of results. Be prepared to be WOWED!
|Ethan Y. "Universally" Wow!|
|McKenzie R. -- Seriously...Undaunted! Talk about use of strong, vivid words!|