Poetry of Giving
Students will gain an appreciation of poetry and learn poetic conventions. They will apply their knowledge of poetic conventions to poems they will write about philanthropy and themes related to philanthropy.
Students will understand that you find poetry everywhere: lyrics to songs, commercials and rap. They will also realize that philanthropic themes are often found in poetry.
The purpose of the lesson is to show students how the poetic conventions of rhythm, rhyme, refrain, alliteration and onomatopoeia create the sounds of poetry. Students will use poetry to learn about a humanitarian who began a nonprofit organization with world-wide consequences.
Students will use metaphor, simile and personification to create imagery in their writing and recognize philanthropy in poetry. The learners will also become familiar with the poet laureates, Billy Collins and his writing.
The students will use their knowledge of philanthropy and poetic conventions to write original poetry about philanthropic giving.
Students will understand that foundations often give grants to fund philanthropic activities. The students will have a basic understanding of the grant making process.