1. Complete the Hanging Fire/Translating Grandfather’s House Author’s Style and Poetry Craft and Structure worksheets. They’ve been provided to you on paper, but can also be found below. I’ve decided that all three 8th grade classes will only be responsible for the first page of the Poetry Craft and Structure (1) packet. Both worksheets are due at the beginning of class on Monday, 10/29.
Author’s Style 1 (PDF)
Author’s Style 1 (Word)
Poetry Craft and Structure 1 (PDF)
Poetry Craft and Structure 1 (Word)
2. Study for Monday’s (10/29) Hanging Fire/Translating Grandfather’s House quiz. You’ve been given a paper version of the study guide, but you can also find digital versions + a copied/pasted version below.
Hanging Fire/Translating Grandfather’s House Study Guide (PDF)
Hanging Fire/Translating Grandfather’s House Study Guide (Word)
Hanging Fire is a poem about a lonely and frustrated adolescent girl who is really overwhelmed and worried about typical teenage anxieties like her looks and relationships, but she is also concerned with death and the fact that she feels shut out by her mother who is described as being in a bedroom with the door closed.
Translating Grandfather’s House:
Translating Grandfather’s House is a poem about an adolescent boy who is asked by his teacher to draw a picture of a relative’s home. He chooses to draw his grandfather’s house in his native country of Cuba. A place with horses, and fruit trees growing in rich soil. However, in the opinion of the teacher he had not followed directions, because she does not believe that what he has drawn has really come from his life experience. This frustrates the boy, and causes him to question whether his memories which were once as certain and strong as metal rivet bolts are real. He then remembers a story about a man named Oscar Jartin who fell off the roof of his grandfather’s home and this proves to himself that his recollections are accurate. The poem ends with the boy changing his drawing to reflect the current environment in which he lives New York City, but more significantly this change has the effect of pleasing his teacher. She take his drawing and tapes it to the green blackboard assigning it a grade of A+.
Horizon – The line or point at which land/water appears to meet the sky.
Awakening – Being roused from sleep, the act of getting up from sleep.
Beaming – Shining or giving a bright and large smile.
Graduation – A Latin word, containing the root gradus, meaning “step” or “grade”
Melodies – Tunes that are sung.
Lyric Poetry – Expresses a vivid impression of an object, person, or moment in time. Lyric poetry has musical qualities like in a song, with repetitive song lyrics. Hanging Fire would be an example of a Lyric Poem.
Narrative Poetry – Tells a story. Like a short story, a narrative poem has a setting, characters, plot and conflict. Translating Grandfather’s House would be an example of a Narrative Poem.
Figurative Language – Examples would be similes (words that make a comparison, showing similarities between two different things using “like” or “as”) or metaphors (implied, or hidden comparison between two things that are unrelated, but which share some common characteristics)