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Ms. Blackburn's Language Arts: Poetry Prezi Project

Due Dates

Computer work day to find poems:

Find 5 poems by:

Write 5 poems by:

Prezi work day in class:

Prezi due:




LA 8.1.6c Analyze author’s use of literary devices (e.g., foreshadowing, personification, idiom, oxymoron, hyperbole, flashback, suspense, symbolism, irony, transitional devices)


 LA 8.2.2c Analyze models and examples (own and others) of various genres in order to create a similar piece


LA 8.3.1b Demonstrate and adjust speaking techniques for a variety of purposes and situations

LA 8.3.1c Utilize available media to enhance communication

Multiple Literacies:

LA 8.4.1g Use social networks and information tools to gather and share information (e.g., social bookmarking, online collaborative tools)

Assignment Directions

  1. Find and analyze 5 poems with the same theme (weather, animals, friendship,etc.)
  2. Write two poems
  3. Find pictures online to match the theme of the poems you find
  4. Create a Prezi presentation of your collection of poems
  5. Present your information

Step One: Finding Poems

Collect five poems that have the same theme. They should all be from different authors. Copy and paste the title, author, and poem into a word document to use later in the project. If the poem is missing the author or title, you may not use it. Copy and paste the website where you got the poem as well for reference.

On a separate word document, you will type a paragraph about each of the poems analyzing them for literary devices. Include the title and author in the topic sentence as well as your opinion.  Ex:   Wind Rushes, by Jonathan Ferguson, intices the reader with vivid details. The supporting sentences should analyze the use of literary devices.

Gifted/High Ability students must have at least one poem that is a classic. This means it was probably written before 1950.

Step Two: Writing Poems

  1. Pick out one poem you like from your collection of five. (Mentor poem)
  2. Analyze how the author created it. Look at the repetition, stanzas, and rhyming.
  3. Create a poem using similar traits as the mentor poem.
  4. Write 2-3 sentences on how your poem is similar in format and writng as the mentor poem.

Step Three: Pictures

Find pictures online to match the theme of your poems. You will need at least one for each poem (5 poems you found, 2 you wrote, so 7 total).

Copy and paste these pictures and the website URL to the word document you started earlier. Put the pictures next the the poems they will be with on your Prezi.

Step Four: Prezi

You will need to create an account on Prezi. You will need an email address to do this. If you do not have an email address, let Ms. Blackburn know.

You will have time in class to learn how to use Prezi. You will need to include the following information on your Prezi:

  • A title page
  • The 5 poems you found along with their title and author.
  • The 2 poems you wrote with a title and author (you).
  • A picture with each poem
  • A bibliography page with each website of the poems and pictures
  • Each poem should have a new screen shot (the screen should move to a new place)

Step Five: Presentation

You will explore and respond to two different Prezis

  • You will evaluate the creativity of the pictures
  • You will evaluate the ideas/content
  • You will evaluate for conventions
  • You will fill out a response sheet to give to the author of the poster

Your evaluation and critiques should be constructive and kind in nature.

Websites for the Project

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