I. Required materials:
A. A ring binder
B. Writing journal (any permanently bound notebook)
C. A good American anthology of poetry; subscription to
a literary journal
D. An open mind
E. A creative spirit
II. Objectives to have been met by the student at the
end of this class:
A. Genre knowledge: Will have become familiar with basic
structural components (rhyme schemes, stanza breaks, meter,
pauses, punctuation, voice, specificity, originality,
etc), of a well-written poem.
B. Production: Will have produced thirty-six poems.
C. Writing strategies: Will have used peer critiques,
collaborative writing, multiple draft writing, and free
D. Process: Will have systematically recorded personal
writing processes in a writing journal and have evaluated
E. Appreciation and analysis: Will have studied and collected
30 favorite poems in a poetry log.
Undergraduate students, 675 points:
*A. Six packets of original poems (including ALL of their
drafts), 100 points each packet, 600 points.
B. A collection (which the student has typed) of 30 of
the student's favorite published poems in a ring binder
with two copies of a Table of Contents, 15 points.
C. A writing process analysis from journal entries, 10
D. Four author readings (of two poems each) with printed
copies for all class members, 40 points.
E. Other writings, 10 points.
F. Any plagiarism, either in part or entirety, of a poem
will result in an U in this class; plus the material will
be submitted to the appropriate disciplinary committees.
Graduate students, 885 points:
G. Two more packets, 200 points.
H. One additional author reading, 10 points.
*Note: All poems must be typed; I recommend typing even
the rough drafts on a computer. They must also be turned
in on the date they are due; every day late means a loss
of 10% per day late!
IV. Attendance Policy:
A. Since this is a workshop-type class, attendance is
B. After two absences, one letter grade per absence will
be deducted from the final course grade. (Exception: Do
NOT come to school if the weather is terrible and you
would endanger your life by doing so, such an absence
WILL NOT influence your grade!).