A Letter To Parents on How to Use this Course
What is in this course
This course includes 10 poetry units. Each poetry unit includes:
- the study of a poet
- a study of the poetry of this poet
- a study of the literary elements found in the poetry
- a writing assignment
- a movie suggestion
- a grammar component
Books, articles, and videos are used as source material to appeal to multiple learning styles. The culmination of each unit is watching a movie that features the poetry of the poet studied.
There is also a final writing project at the culmination of the course.
This course is recommended for 7th grade and up.
How to implement this course
While this course can be independently completed by the student, we encourage the parent to join the student for a Poetry Teatime for each unit. This is the perfect time to review with your student what he/she has learned, including the writing assignment, and enjoy some poetry together. If you choose to take some pictures, please share them with us by using the #la4k.
If you are unsure of what Poetry Teatime is, read the article located HERE.
We also encourage parents to watch the movie with your student, if at all possible. In addition to being a great bonding experience, it can provide many opportunities for great discussion between you and your student.
Three primary ways to use this course.
*As a full-year Language Arts course.
Complete all the assignments for one language arts credit. Or you might choose to track your student's hours in order to meet the requirements for your state.
*As one-half of a full Language Arts program.
Add your own grammar curriculum and complete all assignments in the course, except for the grammar lectures, for full high school credit in Language Arts for the year.
*As a supplement to any Language Arts program.
You can choose to complete units in your own time frame. Use the parts of the lesson which appeal to you and fit with your current language arts program. For example, if your student is currently using a writing program, you might opt out of the writing lessons. We encourage you to make the program work for your homeschool.
About the Order of the Lessons
This course is designed to be used in the order presented. If you choose to learn the poets in a different order, you may find that the assignments will not correlate and you will need to adjust the assignments.
Movies that are chosen may have themes and situations that are controversial or that may be uncomfortable in your family. Please read the reviews from Common Sense Media that we have included in the lessons.
About the Grammar Component
The grammar your student will be using is through Khan Academy. This is a free site that your student will need to sign up for. The grammar lecture should be reviewed at the beginning of each poet as it will be utilized during the entire month of the poet. We have given a general outline as to how many lessons need to be completed each month. However, your student can determine their own schedule.
Each grammar lesson has a unit test. You can check your student's progress with Khan Academy with these tests.
In this course, we reference events you can add to a timeline. Many homeschoolers take advantage of a historical timeline. If you already use a timeline, these dates will be helpful to you.
If you do not use a timeline, this article will help you to understand the advantages of using one in your studies. You can download a simple timeline HERE. You will only need to print pages 57 - 93 for this study.
About Trivia Cards
During each of the lessons, students will create trivia cards about the poets. These cards can be used to quiz students about the history and life of the poets. We recommend using the cards to play games during poetry teatime or as a review of the lesson. Keep in mind because you will be using these for a full year you probably don't want to include obscure facts. Also, you might want to consider using the Jeopardy format for writing your question.
About The Answer Key
The answer key provided with this course is to be used as a reference for the Literary Elements portion of the course. It is not to be used as the an exhaustive resource of all occurrences of every literary element found in the poems. Poetry and its literary elements can be subjective. Use the answer key to help your student understand the literary elements and to start conversations about the elements and the poetry.
The goal of this course is exposure to classic poetry by the master poets. This course is not designed as a mastery of the literary elements or of grammar.