Poetry Unit Assignment



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Poetry Unit Assignment0
Your task is to choose and complete several of the following mini-assignments to earn up to 100 points. You must choose one selection from each category (bronze, silver, and gold) in addition to completing the required “Gotta Have It” portion explained below.
Your work will be assessed according to the rubric attached at the end of this description.
If you have an idea for an assignment that is not one of the options below, feel free to think it through and pitch it to me. We may be able to agree upon a value and criteria for your idea.
Also, be prepared to share your work. This means putting in an honest effort and creating something you’re proud of and would be happy to share. This will be assessed as another assignment separate from this one.

Bronze Choices - 10marks


  • B1. Write your own poem, and write a half page explanation of your work. This should include mention of poetic devices, topic, theme, and your reason for writing, among other things.




  • B2. Create a slide show on the computer that enhances the meaning of a poem or song. Include a half page explanation.




  • B3. Write a parody of a poem (could be a song, nursery rhyme, but choose one greater than eight lines in length). Include both poems and a half page explanation of your parody.




  • B4. Choose a poem and draw a picture that represents the meaning. Include a half page explanation.




  • B5. Choose a poem from a published author* and explicate it. This means figure out what the poem is about. Be sure to consider all aspects of the poem, including but not limited to: topic, theme, mood, tone, use of literary devices, and information about the author.

* Beware of finding poems on the internet, as anyone who fancies themselves an author can publish. The best place to look is in an anthology, like Poets Craft.

Silver Choices – 20 marks



  • S1. Choose any of the poems or songs that appear elsewhere in this assignment and create some sort of physical representation for it. This could be a poster, sculpture, diorama, or some other thing (you may want to check with me…). Also include a half page explanation of what you were attempting to accomplish and why/how.




  • S2. Choose any one of the assignments and craft a presentation that can be shared with the rest of the class. The presentation will be marked as it’s own assignment according to things like preparedness, tone, sense of audience, volume, depth, and flair. Singing a song or performing a poem will score highest marks. (40 marks)




  • S3. Create a mashup* devoted to a particular piece of poetry.

* Wikipedia defines mashup as a web page or application that combines data or functionality from two or more external sources to create a new service. The term mashup implies easy, fast integration, frequently using open APIs and data sources to produce results that were not the original reason for producing the raw source data.

Gold Choices – 30 marks


  • G1. Create a video for a poem or a song that enhances the meaning. Provide an explanation that is a half page minimum.




  • G2. Choose a song from your own play list and complete the “Gotta Have It” assignment for it.



The “Gotta Have It” Portion – 40 marks
Why is it named this? Because you’ve got to have it (it’s required), that’s why!


  • Choose a classic song from the list below and write a brief report including information such as:

    • background on the composer and/or artist

    • a comment on the time and social climate in which the song was released

    • an explanation of the meaning of the song

      • may include information about what the composer was intending and how the music helps to create meaning, as well as the usually information covered when explicating a poem. (I.E. topic, theme, poetic devices, mood,…)

  • This should be one page minimum length in addition to a copy of the lyrics.



The “Must Know” List of Songs
The list of songs below includes some of the songs I think every music lover should know. Please be warned that several have messages or language that may be offensive to some, but I tried to choose songs that wouldn’t upset anyone too much. Remember that the emotion expressed in poetry (and therefore song) can be raw and powerful, and therefore can sometimes make people uncomfortable. Remember that no song can tell you how to live your life, even if it talks to you when you play it backwards!

Only one student per song, and the prize goes to the students who first signs up on the wiki.




1. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door - Bob Dylan; remade by Guns and Roses

2. Layla - Eric Clapton – go unplugged

3. Imagine - John Lennon

4. Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin

5. Mr. Cab Driver - Lenny Kravitz

6. Sweet Child of Mine - Guns and Roses

7. Paranoid - Black Sabbath

8. Ramble On - Led Zeppelin

9. Lola - The Kinks - This song is about a young man meeting a transvestite. So, beware.

10. I am the Walrus - The Beatles

11. The Rooster - Alice in Chains

12. Let‘s Get it on - Marvin Gaye

13. Fairies Wears Boots - Black Sabbath

14. No Rain - Blind Melon.

15 - Mercy Mercy Me - Marvin Gaye

16. Wicked Game - Chris Issak

17. Fortunate Son - CCR

18 - Hurt - Nine Inch Nails, or the remake by Johnny Cash

19. Tiny Dancer - Elton John

20. Tears From Heaven - Eric Clapton

21. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds - The Beatles

22. Shelter From the Storm - Bob Dylan

23. The Hurricane - Bob Dylan

24. American Idiot - Greenday

25. Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chilli Peppers

26. How Blue Can you Get - BB King

27. Back in Black - ACDC

28. Changes - Tupac Shakur

29. Nothing Else Matters – Metallica

30. Sad But True – Metallica

31. Fiddler’s Green – The Tragically Hip

32. Boots and Hearts – The Tragically Hip

33. Devil’s Went Down to Georgia – Charlie Daniels Band (remade by Primus and others)

34. Jeremy – Pearl Jam

35. Oh Me – Nirvanna

36. People are Strange – The Doors

37. House of the Rising Sun – The Animals

38. Spirit in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum

39. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvanna

40. In My Life – The Beatles

41. Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones

42. Hotel California –The Eagles

43. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkle

44. Buffalo Soldier – Bob Marley

45. Superstition – Stevie Wonder

46. Turn The Page – Bob Seger (remade by Metallica)

47. In the Air Tonight – Phil Colins

48. The River – Garth Brooks

49. Aint Ready to Make Right – Dixie Chicks

50. Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2

51. The Sweetest Thing – U2

52. Honky Tonk Woman – Rolling Stones

53. Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac

54. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

55. Someone to Love – Queen

56. Losing my Religion – REM

57. Crab Bucket – K-OS

58. Lose Yourself – Eminem

59. Copperhead Road – Steve Earl

60. Lean on Me – Bill Withers

61. American Pie – Don McLean

62. Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2

63. Walk This Way – Run DMC and Aerosmith

64. Another Brick in the Wall – Pink Floyd

65. Rape Me - Nirvanna

66. Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode (remade by Johnny Cash)

67. Hunger Strike – Temple of the Dog

68. Roxanne – The Police

69. Better Man – Pearl jam

70. People are People – Depeche Mode






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