Great Poets Teaching Project (s)


About the Project

For the Great Poets Teaching Poet, we researched a Poet Laureate of the US, and then did a deep dive into the poet’s autobiography, style of poetry, and annotated 5-6 different works of poetry.

More Reflection

  • I feel that my GPTP went fairly well and I hope that the students listening took a lot out of the lessons I taught them about Billy Collins style of writing. I hope they understood how he was influenced by contemporaries, but found his niche in writing about mundane items and ordinary things in life, but then going into depth about them and having an underlying message or theme in the work. This is what makes his poetry accesible and easy to read.

Lesson Plan for Great Poets Teaching Project

  • Introduce Billy Collins career trajectory and talk briefly about his writing style (Estimated time: 2 minutes)
  • Introduce the poem “Litany” to group (20 seconds)
  • Read and Annotate Litany by Billy Collins as a group (5-7 mins)
  • Go over the annotations and discuss the poetic devices and subjects that are in the poem (4 minutes)
  • Watch Billy Collins read Litany out loud to gauge his tone when reading. Ask what the difference is between reading the poem and hearing him read it aloud (Deadpan, Monotonous voice)
  • Talk about Collins’ Calling Card his poetic devices and connect to his writing style (3 minutes)
  • Talking about how Billy Collins found his voice and writing style (his inspiration) (2-3 minutes)
  • Next, go into depth about the poetic devices found in his poem: Figurative language (metaphors, alliteration, imagery, and subject) 5 minutes
  • Key Takeaways, and essential information I wish my peers take away from my presentation: summarizing my content. (2-3 minutes)


Unit 1: Sketchbook

1.) Here is a photo of my sketchbook

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2.) I chose Nicole Anderson Book arts.

– Here is a photo of some her work

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– Nicole Anderson’s work is very vintage- like and really creative. All of these books are custom made and I can tell that she put her heart and soul into each of these books. The first picture shows a very clean cut book with a sewn on cover and red fabric or some type of material to hold everything in place. It is made with non- matted ivory pages and actually red silk. It is a shantung cloth and it covers the whole album. In the second picture it shows a a custom made album with black matted cover.

– I think that paper books that are custom made or made by you is necessary for keeps sake and also keeping something you treasure. Ebooks and ereaders  are very convenient and also a better way to keep things organized but having a photo album instead of keeping photos on your phone, it’s more of a creative and also better way to keep your photos.

Unit 4: Pottery Ceramic Lantern


2) First we took a slab of clay and then flattened it out so we take out all the air bubbles and is easier to work with. We then took a plastic mold and added the clay to it which made it a more efficient way to complete this task. After that, we cut out shapes for the positive and negative space. I cut out shapes such as rectangles, squares, triangles, and circles.

3) In my opinion, the most important aspects were creating the mold, and also being aware of the positive and negative space and where to put the shapes.

Unit 2: Shadow Box

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2) I’m not quite finished yet, I still have to put the peices on my box. I’m at the part where I’m still designing and putting things together.

3) I think I’m doing ok, I know what I’m about to do Today, and I have a good idea of what I’m going to draw. Some challenges that I am facing are where I’m going to place my structures at.

Analyzing an Artist at work: Sarah Sze



Triple Point (planetarium) 2013 photo:

1) Watch this short video about the artist Sarah Sze:

2) How does Sarah use improvisation and spontaneity (randomness) to create her work?

Sarah Sze (the artist) takes many things from her trip, for example milk cartons, things from restaurants, and from grocery stores, basically anywhere she can find inspiration from. She makes all these big sculptures and sometimes does one thing and works really hard on it like a pet store, but if she makes too much of something she moves on to another thing which is really random. She uses improvisation by just taking things and putting them on this sculpture and then when you complete it and see how you’ve done is really interesting for her.

3) Find a good photo of one of her works and upload this to your site. Don’t forget to label the photo with a title, year, and other relevant information

4) How was your art making process similar to Sarah’s process?

My Art making process was similar to Sarah’s because I also randomly put shapes and other weird looking shapes on to my cardboard sculpture to just see what comes at the end cause that’s real fun. As she said in the video, Sarah made things to go with her sculpture and that’s what my group did as well, we made shapes and patterns and put them together and really didn’t think so much about the design.

5) What is your reaction to Sarah’s work? Would you call this art? Please explain.

I would call this art but non representational art, it doesn’t mean anything it doesn’t represent something and it’s abstract. And there’s so much art around the world like that so I would call this art.


Number The Stars by Lois Lowry (Book Club E-log)

Retell: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry is a book about 2 girls that are best friends but have to risk their lives if they both want to stay friends. Annemarie Johansen, a 10 year old girl, lives with her mom, dad, and sister, Kirsti. This story takes place during the Holocaust/ World War 2 and when the Nazi’s invaded Copenhagen, Denmark. Ellen Rosen, Annemarie’s best friend is a Jewish and Ellen’s family was put on a synagogue list where all Jewish people that lived in the location were on. Ellen’s parents had to go visit a close relative and they couldn’t bring Ellen along so they asked the Johansens  to keep her safe. During that time period, at around 2am in the morning, these soldiers barged in Annemarie’s house and bombarded them with questions asking where Ellen’s family was. Annemarie and her parents did their very best to keep Ellen safe. Annemarie had to risk her life to save her best friend and she did it.

Relate: I can relate to this because I know that sometimes people take risks for everyone and  do so well on it. A book I can relate this to is Once by Morris Gleitzmein. Felix risks his life to save Zelda and they both in the end stay safe.