Lessons in the Performing Arts The lessons in the Performing Arts in Art Curriculum explore works of art that depict subjects related to music, storytelling, dance, and theater. Lessons in this interdisciplinary curriculum engage students in diverse topics in the disciplines of visual art, performing arts, history, and language arts.
Beginning-level activities address elementary school standards, intermediate activities address middle school standards, and advanced activities address high school standards. However, middle and high school teachers can use less advanced activities in warm-up discussions or to review basic principles.
Modern Poetry: Terms to Know Understanding modern poetry requires an understanding of the following:
Free Verse: Most modern poems are written in free verse--liberating to the poet, annoying to the reader. Free verse has no fixed meter and no fixed line length or stanzas. The poet, instead, decides where the line should break based on how the poem should look on the page? Or where a natural break occurs?
Literal and Symbolic Meanings: The literal meaning of modern poetry often reflects every day life. These every day scenes, however, are full of symbolic meaning.
Diction: Modernism is a deliberate break from forms that characterized traditional poetry. Whereas traditional verse relied on formal language, modern poetry uses informal, everyday speech.
How to explicate a poem. Explicating a poem means to explain, interpret or analyze a poem. It discusses the form, type of rhyme scheme (abab, abbacc) and what theme/tone (serious, humorous, meaning) is used. The explication also analyzes important techniques used (alliteration, metaphor, simile) which contribute to the overall poem.
An explication is not a statement of how the poem makes you feel, unless it is supported with analysis of specific lines and is not a personal reaction based on your background or mood.
Explications of poems are sometimes longer than the actual poem. When discussing sonnets or similar length poems, one page is usually enough. However with long, narrative poems, they are naturally longer and the sdetails used are more selective.
Poetry can be a tiresome set of words when analyzing. The elements of analyzing poetry listed below will help you identify the meaning through its parts and give a sense of interpreting a poem. Since each poem is unique, there is no one way of going about this. Nonetheless, the general advice goes like this:
Using "flipped classroom" strategy with Illumination. As "Illuminations" is an online anthology, students can access it at home and find a poem or art work to study and follow-up the next class period. Flipping the classroom allows teachers to monitor student understanding and use targeted explicit teaching during class time to deepen student understanding of poetry concepts. Students then apply their new knowledge to create the multimodal transformation of a poem.