Students are invited to submit their own films and artwork illustrating an original or favorite poem. Record or film students reading poetry. Students are invited to submit their own original poems.
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Poetic Cinema Illustrating Poetry
The following films celebrate poetic cinema. Films and poetry have a connection because of their use of images, sound, and time. As you watch these films made by both professionals and high school students, consider the techniques used by filmmakers to bring out these elements in poetry.
Taft High School student, Matthew Marroquin, takes on the task of illustrating this poem by Robert Frost.
Taft High School student, Deana Saito, creates a beautiful visual expression of the poem by William Wordsworth.
Discussion Prompt and Student Activity
Films and poetry have a connection because of their use of images, sound, and time.
After viewing the films, discuss the techniques used by filmmakers to bring out these elements in poetry. Assign students the task of illustrating a poem. This can be done individually or in a small group. Give them the choice to write an original poem and then illustrate it, or find an existing poem that they love and illustrate that.
Connecting Poetry and Art
Poetry inspires artwork and artwork inspires poetry. There are many ways to engage students in a project that includes both. Great Cross-Curricular Activity.
Poetry Recitals and Spoken Word
David Milch Reads The Eulogy of Wild Bill Hickok from Deadwood at The MY HERO Project's 2015 Jazz and Poetry Salon.
New Visions Foundation founder, Paul Cummins, reads Robert Frost at the MY HERO poetry and jazz SALON 4/18/13.
Olivia Milch Reads Wild Geese by Mary Oliver at The MY HERO Project's 2015 Jazz and Poetry Salon.
Student and Class Activity: Poetry Reading
Students are encouraged to read aloud an original poem or a favorite poem. Film the poetry reading and submit it to MY HERO through the Create Program.
Classes are encouraged to have a Poetry Salon with students reading original or favorite poems and filming the event to share with MY HERO. Virtual learners can have a Poetry Salon through video conferencing.
Additional examples of MY HERO Poetry on Screen
The MY HERO Project is inviting you to submit a video of yourself reading a poem that speaks to this new era we are in. It can be poetry of dissent, poetry of resistance, or poetry that lifts us up to face these times. It can be feminist, inclusive, or humorous. It can be a song. If you are a more ambitious filmmaker, The MY HERO Project is adding a new prize to The MY HERO International Film Festival, Poetry on Screen. The award will honor a filmmaker for the best translation of poetry to film.
Artwork: Portrats of Favorite Poet Heroes
Read about Poet Heroes - Students are invited to submit their stories about a favorite poet
Students are invited to participate in the MY HERO Poetry Contest
The Mattie Stepanek Poetic Film prize honors filmmakers who share messages of hope and peace through their visual poems.
Jeni Stepanek offers this prize in honor of her son, Mattie, who in his brief life touched the hearts of thousands with his messages of hope and peace through original poetry.
How to use MY HERO's Create Program to Publish Poetry, Stories, Art, Film and Audio For Students
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