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10. Rhythms
in Poetry

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Activities: Problem-Based Learning Projects

""How can I get my students to think?" is a question asked by many faculty, regardless of their disciplines. Problem-based learning (PBL) is an instructional method that challenges students to "learn to learn," working cooperatively in groups to seek solutions to real world problems. These problems are used to engage students' curiosity and initiate learning the subject matter. PBL prepares students to think critically and analytically, and to find and use appropriate learning resources." -- Barbara Duch, University of Delaware

  1. You have been asked to illustrate a collection of poetry from the Harlem Renaissance using archival footage, photographs, artwork, newspaper articles, and manifestos from the era. Which poems will you choose and why? How will you order them? How will you help bring these poems to life for your readers?

  2. You are an art critic for The New York Times, and you've been asked to write a column on the influence of oriental art on modernist culture, drawing on poetry, paintings, architecture, and music. Which works will you choose? What historical events are key for understanding Asia's influence? What works of oriental art most influenced the modernists?

  3. Using the video archive, prepare a slide show on "primitivism" during the modern era for schoolchildren in which you explain the relationship between the historical events and art of the time. As well as choosing the pictures, you should also write a script that you will deliver to your young audience.

  4. You have been asked to do a poetry reading for National Public Radio. Make a list of the poems you would choose to read. Why have you chosen these particular works? Then, practice reading the poems aloud, paying particular attention to how you're reading. How do you know where to breathe, pause, or stop? What words do you emphasize? Analyze the other performance choices you make as you practice the broadcast.

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