Introduce multi-genre writing in the context of community service. Use the shared events of students' lives to inspire writing. Debbie Rotkow, a co-director of the Coastal Georgia Writing Projectmakes use of the real-life circumstances of her first grade students to help them compose writing that, in Frank Smith's words, is "natural and purposeful.
Read Canto I Introduction to The Inferno The journey Dante offers us in his Divine Comedy stretches before us from the dark wood of its beginning, down through the chasm of hell, up the terraces of purgatory, and into the spheres of heaven, as a record of a living experience.
Opening in bitterness, mounting through hope, and ending in vision, the poet insists that the person he is now, fashioning the poem, is the person who then walked into and out of that other world.
The 14, lines are the poet's free gift to the reader: He challenges each one to be the wayfarer here and now that he was then and there. First he had to meet the challenge himself, of course, by going back to the experience and putting it all into a poem. For Dante, there are no apathetic wayfarers: The reader who circles into the inner unknown world of this poet's making finds that one is never alone, however.
For Dante speaks, time and again, directly to his reader: May God so grant you, reader, to find fruit In your reading: On Good Friday ofDante began a week of religious experience that transformed his whole life.
More than he expected awaited him, for more than reform occurred: Saint Paul, he recalled, had spoken of something similar happening to him: God knows; such a one caught up to the third heaven" 2 Corinthians Later Saint Ignatius of Loyola would cast this opportunity for conversion and contemplation in the form of a spiritual retreat.
The world had been created in the same span of time and with it man and woman. The creation of the new man and woman should take no longer than that. Where did this conversion take place? As specific as he is about the time, Dante remains deliberately vague about the location.
In his native Florence? Or in some rural and remote area of Italy that the poet describes so vividly at moments in his journey? Dante's Holy and Easter Week vision changed his view of the world which, up to this time, he had worked to reform as a citizen, a soldier, a politician, and a poet.
Its failure to live up to Christ's call for love of God and neighbor shocked him, especially in the practices of an official religion that had fallen, politically, militarily, and financially, into the same bad ways of the people whom Christ had sent it to redeem.
For Dante, there could be no middle ground, no halfway measures between commitment and compromise. The worst sins loomed as the systematic evils of everyday life, the taking of bribes, selling of church goods and offices, the deceit, scandal, and treachery on which the century thrived.
Italy lay in shambles because of the crass pettiness of important leaders in Church and state. Total honesty, candor, openness, these virtues Dante now saw to be the fruits of the searing and uplifting call that he had heard and heeded.
Ironically, he was soon to become the victim of all the vices opposed to these virtues. He would be exiled from his beloved Florence, sentenced to death in his absence, allowed only later to return if he would confess to a list of the offenses he lived to despise.
How would he lie about his own person? Like Saint Thomas More he knew that his own conscience would act as his final judge. That conscience few men have honed to such a sharp edge of sureness, steadiness, and pointed truth.
Such is the confidence of saints and seers. Having known profoundly the purifying of consciousness beyond all thought and emotion, the flight of the mystics, Dante for the next dozen years lived with the memory of emptiness, searching, and filling with light.Author definition, a person who writes a novel, poem, essay, etc.; the composer of a literary work, as distinguished from a compiler, translator, editor, or copyist.
Doing activities with your children allows you to promote their reading and writing skills while having fun at the same time. These activities for pre-readers, beginning readers, and older readers includes what you need and what to do for each one. Purpose deals with the poem's intended use or result, while meaning deals with the poem's content and message.
How to Find Purpose and Meaning Simply put, the poem's purpose is the reason why the author picked up the quill, pencil or pen or sat down at the keyboard in the first place.
purpose (to entertain, persuade, or inform). Then, in a sentence or two, explain your answer. A poem about why the iPhone is the greatest consumer electronic device ever made. Author’s Purpose: _____ Explain Your Answer: Write a sentence or two.
6. The story of a young athlete who takes steroids and his life and future fall apart. Understanding Author’s Purpose and Mood By Mrs. Paula McMullen Library Teacher Norwood Public Schools 2.
2 Author’s Purpose The poet has an “author’s purpose” when he writes a poem. The concept of author’s purpose is a notion that is often discussed in classrooms, and identifying the author’s purpose is a skill that is frequently evaluated on state reading tests.
Fortunately, this topic is as easy to teach as it is to learn.