Activism and Advocacy through Poetry
Just like an editorial, poetry can be used as a form of activism. Sometimes, we may feel as though we have “nothing to say,” on a topic, and we feel as though we can or should stay quiet because it doesn’t directly affect us.
The thing is, our passion is an important part of who we are, and we know that there is danger in silence.
Your Assignment, Due Tuesday 2/17
Write a poem of at least 10 lines about a topic you feel passionately about.
What are the things you didn’t know what to stay when you started learning about it? What are the things you are too scared to say now? What do you think you should say now? (Need help choosing a topic? Think about your social studies editorial…)
Your poem MUST:
- make use of simple, complex, compound and complex-compound sentences (use all 3 kinds at least ONCE)
- Start with “I have nothing to say,” and end with some version of “I have something to say.”
- have 10 or more lines
- have a title
- be about a topic bigger than yourself and your personal own life (though you can have a personal connection to it). Failure to do so will result in a loss of credit.
I would RECOMMEND…
- Stanza 1, 3-5 lines, simple sentences
- Stanza 2, 3-5 lines, compound and complex sentences
- Stanza 3, 3-5 lines, compound-complex sentences
- It should get more complex in sentence as it continues.
- Poems do NOT have to rhyme.
- Poetry should have decent grammar, unless you can give a reason why you are choosing not to (that’s not I’m lazy/I didn’t proofread it)
- While poetry never needs complete sentences, I am asking you to do so for this poem. It is good to try writing structured poetry sometimes (even if you’re more of a fragmented poet normally. Change it up!)
Ways to earn extra credit:
- English Extra Credit: Read your poem to the class
- Social Studies EC (homework credit): Make the poem tied to your editorial topic and share with your social studies teacher and I.