Students will be creating an original WWI poem and visual. This is a great cross-curricular activity between the humanities classes and is easily adaptable. As my Language Arts partner was teaching similes in her course, I made it a part of the rubric to be included in the poem. The poem must consist of a minimum amount of lines and stanzas – onomatopoeias, while encouraged, do not count as a line unto themselves. I also require a minimum of three direct references to WWI – this is not a poem about any war, but about the Great War. As the social studies teacher, I also help my students engage in annotating poems to further reinforce the humanities aspect.
As for the visual – students must draw their own creations to illustrate the events in the poem.
Students will then pair/share in small groups and I will then ask for volunteers to share with the entire class. I will then put up the work around the classroom and in the hallways.
The book folds out to a HUGE “poster” running across the back of the entire room. The drawing is annotated and I place summaries of what is going on in each panel and the students walk along for inspiration.
Supplies – multiple comics, a WWI Bulletproof Bible (Slaughterhouse Five connection), posters around the room, construction paper, drawing implements
Teacher Powerpoint – given to the students over the course of a few days as they also complete research – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0q0hv_n2-9xanlsbWpYQmZmYjQ