Brief outline for half-day poetry workshop. As with any lesson plan, feel free to modify as needed to fit your intended audience. So grab your wands…pens, and join us for some magical poetry!
Reading models, structured exercises, editing/revision period, and group readings
Supplies and Materials
Printed handouts, paper, pencils, pens, markers/colored pencils, stage
Students walk away inspired by the extraordinary and able to define magical realism and fantasy. Students are also encouraged to incorporate magic or fantasy elements into their poems as metaphors for real life experiences.
What do we like about magic or fantasy?
- What do you specifically like about your favorite fairy tale/fantasy story?
- What types of magical elements do you think are cool?
- How do you feel after reading/watching a story with magical elements?
Difference between Magical Realism and Fantasy
- Magical realism = a realistic view of the modern world while also adding magical elements.
- Fantasy = fiction set in a fictional universe, often without any locations, events, or people referencing the real world.
- Read the poem out loud and discuss how it embodies every day acts (making dinner, gardening,) and makes them magical
- Class will brainstorm 2-3 everyday tasks and then students will write a poem that turns that every day task into something magical
- If students are stuck, encourage them to break down the everyday task into steps and write about each step as if it were extraordinary. E.g., tying your shoes. These long sleek snakes that tangle themselves around a bow.
- Read the poem out loud and discuss how it uses classic Fairy Tale elements to highlight real struggles.
- Point out that it’s in Sonnet form
- Students will choose a fairytale/fantasy story (can be the one they said at the beginning of the class or a different one) and write a list of the magical elements
- E.g., Beauty and the Beast. Rose, talking candlestick, beast, enchantress, magic mirror, etc.
- Once we have our list of elements, on the other side of the page brainstorm some problems from everyday life
- E.g., bullies, trouble with homework, getting lost, etc.
- Craft a poem that incorporates 2-3 magic elements from the list and 1-2 problems from your other list.
- Discuss how the poem takes a fairy tale and retells it in a unique way. This is from the witch speaking. Discuss how telling a familiar story in a unique way leads to deeper insights.
- Choose favorite story and retell it as a poem
- Consider changing the point of view, adding new magical elements, setting it in a different place/time period, adding a new or different problem/resolution.