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Struttin' With Some Barbecue: Write a rhythmic poem

Patricia will do a lively reading of a syncopated rhythmic poem, describe how she wrote it--with Power Point visuals--then with the group write an original rhythmic poem (with an anapest or triple rhythm)--using rhythm, rhyme, repetition, alliteration. She'll encourage the students to (later) listen to their favorite music and write a poem in the rhythm of that music.

Patricia Hruby Powell

30 Minute Program

 

$129


Accompanied by brief PowerPoint, Patricia will do a lively reading of an early jazz poem from her book, Struttin' With Some Barbecue, a story of the jazz pianist, Lil Hardin Armstrong. The students will be able to read along. Patricia will talk about how she made her choices. She'll talk about the all-important process of revision.
After discussing an anapest rhythm, a triple rhythm, (du du DUH, du du DUH) and using the model of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" Patricia will guide the students to write their own original group story/poem using the elements of poetry. (With a small group students will raise their hands with ideas, for a big group, students will use the chat function to offer ideas).
Students will be encouraged to listen to their favorite music or to rap, be-bop, Mo-town, early jazz, classical till that music gets under their skin, fills their bones, so that they can write a poem about the musician who makes their chosen music, or a story/poem about a topic set in the era of their music using great language, possibly slang from that era. And to have fun!
(Probably best with a classroom size group or smaller, but the larger group can work, too).

About the Author

Patricia Hruby Powell, formerly a dancer, storyteller, and librarian, is the author of four Junior Library Guild Selections. “Your modeled lessons will help me in my future writing classes.” “You are a dynamic speaker.” “Your energy and creativity lifted us.”

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