Work to be done prior to travelling to your site:
- Research details of the place--use the library resources/librarians (we have one day in the library), the internet, guides to L.A. found in bookstores. You will need to give me a copy of your research in the library on the day you attend.
- Make a list of things to notice when you make your visit.
- Don't forget your camera!
- Get a notebook to use in writing down your observations
What to do at the site:
- List everything you see-- DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS
- Include details of the place: objects, sizes, colors, SOUNDS
- Describe other people there: types of people, what are they wearing, what are they doing
- Are there any particular smells? (Particularly important if you're visiting a restaurant.)
- Photograph everything at the site, even if you think you will not be writing about it.
- Photograph the surrounding area.
- Write down your initial reaction and how you felt as you were ready to leave.
- Include a photo of yourself at the site. (You can include those who go with you as well if you want to).
Writing your poem:
- Begin by making lists of everything you saw and putting ideas into categories.
- Add details to your descriptive sentences.
- Put ideas into a logical order.
- Go through and "massage" your sentences: add poetic devices, add details of sight, touch, sound, vary the sentence lengths, work on using effective VERBS, include parallel sentences.
- Length (Poem must be a minimum of ten lines--it can be as l o n g as you want it!)
- Use of descriptive words
- Use of power verbs
- Use of poetic devices (Use as many as you can, but you must use as least five--including free verse, alliteration, and parallelism.)
MAKE A COLLAGE OF YOUR PICTURES AND MOUNT YOUR POEM. Try to make this an ARTISTIC PRESENTATION!
Remember that you will be reading you poem to class and we will display your poster.
You also need to include a summary of what you did, what you learned (including a short annotated bibliography of ALL your research), and your recommendation to others about whether or not to visit.
FIRST AND FOREMOST----HAVE FUN!
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