Rewriting “America” by Walt Whitman.


Learning Targets:

  • I can create a narrative in a poem using strong word choice, descriptive details, and imagery to convey experiences and events.
  • Create an impact with my poem; readers can experience the desired reaction or emotional response to my poem.
  • Enhance the meaning and impact of my poem with powerful visual elements, such as backgrounds, images, font choices, colors, and so on.

Channel your inner Uncle Walt to rewrite the poem, line by line, mimicking Whitman’s voice, style, and form — but from  a different point of view from the Civil War Era, from your National History Day topic, or from a contemporary point of view.

Pay special attention to voice and word choice; capture your chosen perspective through the voice and word choice.

Compose your rough draft on loose-leaf. Your rough draft must make it through Doc’s “Ack!” “Boring!” and “I hate it!” stamps before it can be considered a final draft. When you have a final draft, type it up on GoogleDocs and submit it on GoogleClassroom.

Additionally, create an 8.5 x 11” poster for your poem, as you did for your found poem in “The Fiery Trial.” We will hang these posters on our lockers.

Check the learning targets. Make sure your work is hitting the targets. Please follow all instructions given.

Centre of equal daughters, equal sons,

All, all alike endear’d, grown, ungrown, young

         or old,

Strong, ample, fair, enduring, capable, rich,

Perennial with the Earth, with Freedom, Law

         and Love,

A grand, sane, towering, seated Mother,

Chair’d in the adamant of Time.

The GoogleDoc of this assignment is on GoogleClassroom.



What We’re Working On…

Friends, it’s a terrible time for me to be out with all the stuff we’ve got going on, but such is life…

Today in class, please make wise, wise, wise use of your time. You have two major writing projects plus two upcoming assessments to focus on.

The writing projects are due at the end of THIS WEEK.

We’ll get to the assessments, one on Vocabulary List #2 and one on NoRedInk (covering parts of speech, commas and conjunctions, semicolons, independent vs. dependent clauses, and subjects vs. verbs) next week.

I apologize for missing more time with y’all. See you soon.


We have two major writing projects going right now:

Secession MiniQ Essay

Secession MiniQ Essay Final Draft Instructions – Be sure you carefully follow all instructions.

Found Poetry

Found Poetry Rubric

All the related documents are on GoogleClassroom.


A little more time…



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Friends, one of the messages I received at conferences is that you’re feeling a little overwhelmed and need a little time and space to work and catch up. I get that! We have a long list of goals we’re working on right now. Use this time wisely to accomplish those goals.

  • Vocabulary
  • NoRedInk
  • Reassessments
  • Abolition
  • Visual Analysis
  • Readings with Notice and Note Annotations
  • Found Poetry
  • NHD…
    • Buckets
    • Research Questions
    • Sources
    • Notes


Poetry and The Fiery Trial

Learning Targets:

  • make meaning of a poem, based on my prior knowledge and research into the subject matter.
  • define the meaning of words and phrases in the poem, not just literal but more metaphorical or symbolic meaning.
  • explain my ideas of what a poem means, supporting my ideas with specific evidence and examples from the poem itself.
  • use Notice and Note Signposts to help me make meaning of a poem.

Explore poetry in slavery and slavery in poetry to not only learn more about the American story of slavery, but also to build your literary analysis skills.

Read, annotate, and discuss the poem you’ve been assigned.

You can learn more about the poet you’ve been assigned on the Poets and Poems in the Fiery Trial page. Click on the poet’s name for information about the poet.

Feel free to utilize the resources on the Slavery in Poetry page.

As you read, annotate, and discuss, consider…

  • What do you see in this poem?
  • What do you think it means?
  • Why do you think it’s important?
  • How and why does it tell America’s story?

Also feel free to add to your “Exam Notes,” your Found Poetry word bank, and our Power Lines display!


Poets and Poems in the Fiery Trial

Slavery in Poetry

Found Poetry Project and Rubric