Over the past month or so the intermediate classes have been showing their learning by dazzling there classmates with handwritten speeches. Selected students at the top caliber in there classes were then chosen to compete at a grade level, and then the top 2-3 students from there were then chosen to compete against the top chosen students from grades 4-7 in front of the whole school. Fortunate for me I was a top level speech writer and didn't let anyone get in my way of winning that trophy! It all started with having a whopping 57 and a half out of 60 mark on my speech called: Why texting is bad for you! The highest in the class out of both grade 6 and 7! I then moved on to vs some tough competition against all top grade 6 speech nominated students. Lucky for me I did manage to move along with 2 other very strong speech creators from my grade. The tension was HUGE at speech fest in front of the WHOLE school. But I tried to make myself calm and cool so I wouldn't have a nervous break down in the middle of my speech. So in the end all of my hard work really paid off to win and share 1st place with another awesome speech competitor in grade 7! Everyone was very happy that I had won and congratulated me many times. It was probably one of the most happiest moments of my life!!! I was SOOOOO excited.
I can create poems which use poetic devices and follow specific forms.
Here are a few examples of the poems I put into my final product:
The Flickering Candle
Today is the day
that my life will be slowly melted away
"Stay strong, Stay strong".
The plastic will slide off of me
like butter on toast
I am waxy, shiny, and bright
but when I'm ignited
A huge boulder of pain
drops into my gut
The heat is unbearable
inching down, and down at the second
I'm sweating now
I've gotta make an escape plan
Hmmm... gotta think...
I got it!
I rock back and forth
until I fall to the ground
but at least I'm blown out!
The Lonely Eraser
So here's the deal
people pick me up
and wipe me across dirty paper
washing away their mistakes!
One day I'll be so shrivelled up from constantly
you won't even be able to see me!
they use me like a rented mule,
I mean without me who will wash away those
annoying misspelled words?
But I guess there's nothing I can do
So for now I guess I'll put up with it!
Those 2 poems were both Character poems in the perspectives of a candle and an eraser.
Why I like this style of poetry is because it would be funny to see something that is not real speak and say it's opinion of it's own life but won't really happen so that's why it's so easy to add in humour to this style of poetry! That is one thing I learned to do!
Reflection of Learning
Name: Chase Craig
Over the past six weeks Division 1 has learned about poetic devices and was introduced to a variety of poetry forms. Please reflect on the last six weeks when you answer the following questions.
1) What did you learn over the past 6 weeks about writing poetry?
I learned how to create poems using a specific form and poetic devices. I also learned how to create a proper final product including a minimum of 3 different forms of poetry.
2) 2) What did you learn about yourself and your abilities as a poet? (Did you discover that you had a natural gift at writing, or that you connected easily to the learning? Was writing good poetry more difficult than you expected?)
I discovered that I am a budding poet. I still need work but I have a lot of success with writing and understanding specific forms.
3) Where did you grow the most as a learner?
I learned most as a learner to stop rushing and slow down for once and a while.
4) What are you most proud of with regards to this unit? Explain why.
My final poetry project. Why? Because I put a lot of time and effort into this project. I used an app called Word Photo where you put a specific style of up to 10 words on a picture to explain it.
5) Where do you feel that you still need to grow? Explain.
I feel I still need to grow in the area of putting time and effort into my work.
This is my Concrete Poem and here is the Learning Intention:
I can create poems which use poetic devices and follow specific forms.
This is my Sensory Poem and here is the Learning Intention:I can create poems which use poetic devices and follow specific forms.
My response to Wonder chapters
My response to the chapters we read in the book Wonder includes a variety of connections, questions, and “Wow’s”.
My connection that came to me while reading the book was when August’s friend Summer is pressured into not being friends with August and you could be so much more “popular”, or “in”! I connect to this because at my school there is a similarity. To be “cool” you have to wear certain things or even have a boyfriend or girlfriend and then everyone likes you and thinks that you are the coolest person ever!
A question I had in the book was how does Via feel now after hearing that Miranda misses her. What is she feeling? Is she willing to forgive and forget about Miranda abandoning her to hang out with other kids? If it were I, I would forgive Miranda because all kids have flaws and lots of them want to be at the top and always be heard but it might not always happen.
Finally I will tell you about a “Wow” moment I had in the book. The Wow moment I had in the book was when August’s, and Via’s talk. I thought that the overall conversation was really deep and that is what really caught my attention. When August said “I don’t know why I didn’t tell you about Miranda’s phone call? I really enjoyed reading that part. It was full of sorrow and a bit of happiness at the ending!
By: Chase Craig
LI: I can demonstrate my understanding of a variety of poetic devices.
Here is a link to the 6 poetic devices I found in "Modern day hits"
I can use the poetic device of Alliteration to develop meaning in my writing.
This is my fall write explaining what fall means to me and memories of fall.
LI: I can create a personal piece of writing that uses descriptive language to paint a portrait, starts with a strong leads and focuses on one main idea.
I learned that descriptive writing is a powerful tool that helps people visualize the story using their own memories. I also learned that putting memories and pictures together allows you to have more creative writing.
What fall means to me…
The wind is blowing through the trees. I open my window and am blasted by a wave of cool air. That’s how I know it’s that time of year again. Fall, it’s my favorite season.
It means the start of an exciting new hockey year. Waking up at 5:30 AM for hockey practice and then going to Timmy’s for a hot chocolate with melting marshmallows swimming on top. It’s when all of the hockey moms and dads pile into the rink to watch their kids play and it’s so cold they can see their breath.
A sure sign that fall is here is the start of a new school year, with the sounds of children laughing on the playground and teachers welcoming the students back. It means buying brand new school supplies and cool new clothes.
Fall is special because of the vibrant colors of the fall leaves and wearing my PJ’s all day to keep me warm and cozy when it’s raining and cold outside. It also means slurping up big bowls of chicken noodle soup on a cold, crisp day after leaping into big piles of colorful leaves.
When you see the pumpkin on Mrs. Peter’s front porch with the scary face, you know that fall is here. You remember as a child, running away from that pumpkin thinking it was a monster. As you walk down the street with your friends, dressed in your scary costume asking for candy at every house, you sadly know that fall is already halfway over.
As we all rise for the singing of “Oh Canada” at my school’s Remembrance Day assembly I think to myself “Is this a positive way to end off fall, remembering the soldiers that fought for us all”? I think it is. The bright red poppies that represent the memory of the fallen soldiers remind us that fall is almost over.
This is what fall means to me.