Self Portrait Poetry Anthology Project
Steps 1-7 are due on __________________
Part 2 is due by ______________________
check off each step as you complete it.
note that most of this project will be done in class, however if students want to work on part one at home, they can.
Name: _____________________________ # ___________
Part Two: When done with 1-6, start your iMovie project:
This section will be completed in class.
Type the poem into your ePortfolio exactly how the author wrote it on the page. Then type your response below the poem.
Poem Title: ________________________________________________________________
Type Poem Exactly How It Looks on the Page
This poem speaks to me because ______________________________________________________________________.
The words, ___________________________________________________________________
remind me of ___________________________________________________________________
Also, the phrase, “_____________________________________________________________________
provides a portrait of me because ______________________________________________________________________.
I would recommend this poem to people who ______________________________________________________________________
Ms. Devlin’s Example
By Ralph Fletcher
Dad says: Go to sleep,
But instead I lie in bed,
Pretending. . . .
The darkness is the ocean.
These fingers are seaweed
Floating this way and that.
My oyster eyelids
Slowly open and close.
My eyes shine like pearls.
This poem speaks to me because when I was young, my father would say to me, “Go to sleep, Maureen,” but I couldn’t sleep. I wanted to make up stories. The words, “But instead I lie in bed,/Pretending “ remind me of the nights I would lie awake “drawing my dreams” in a notebook I kept hidden under my bed. Also, the phrase, “ My eyes shine like pearls.” provides a portrait of me because my heart would shine when I wrote those stories. I felt all warm and happy inside. I would recommend this poem to people who are dreamers because it tells the story of a dreamer, writer and artist, Ralph Fletcher, who would lie in bed at night pretending with sea metaphors and similes.