Before arriving in class Tuesday, make sure your poem from last week and an accompanying PDF prose commentary appear in TURNITIN–as one single document.

A “PDF” is a piece of prose commentary about the making of a poem.  The acronym represents these questions:  As you considered and began your poem, what did you PLAN to do?  What did you DISCOVER while making the poem (implementing those plans)?  What are you final thoughts–about this poem, the process of making it, its subject matter, poetry in general or yourself?

Instead of scoring the poem itself, I will assess the prose commentary with these questions: Is the writing clear?  Does it use specifics to explain its ideas?  Does it develop those ideas–i.e., build on them–rather than simply repeat them.

To review sample student PDFs, click here.

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