Canva Challenge – Sara Moore

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July Canva Challenge – Original Poem Project

TEKS Addressed:

(14)  Writing/Literary Texts. Students write literary texts to express their ideas and feelings about real or imagined people, events, and ideas. Students are responsible for at least two forms of literary writing. Students are expected to:

(B)  write a poem using a variety of poetic techniques (e.g., structural elements, figurative language) and a variety of poetic forms (e.g., sonnets, ballads); and

Couple of ways this can be used:

  1. Make examples of literary devices (metaphor, simile, sensory detail, etc)
  2. Create visuals for elements of a particular poetic form (Haiku – Japanese Nature Poem, measured in 5-7-5 syllables)
  3. Final presentation of original poems, using backgrounds to match both style and content

After completing a study in poetic forms and styles, students will compose a nature poem in the style of the Japanese Haiku. Using Canva, students will design and create a photo that includes their poem and the background, text, pictures, styles, and colors all add to the overall meaning of their poem.

As examples, students will look at a variety of well-known haikus before beginning their own compositions. Examples here:

You could even expand this project – Remember a time you took a vacation or spent some time outdoors. What did you feel? What did you see? What did you smell? What did it make you think of? Write a journal entry describing your experience.

Find pictures that you took of things outdoors, or go take your own to represent your poem.

Original Haiku:

The mountains of mist

Calling softly to my heart

Come to me swiftly

These are pictures of Huangshan, the Yellow Mountains in the Anhui province of China. We traveled there last summer and every day I want to go back.

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