Poet Laureate Project
In this project, Stephen Seller's Sophomore Humanities Class of 2016 was asked to take on the role of Poet Laureate for a specific region or country involved in World War One. The class was tasked with choosing an event which was relevant to their region during the war, and also with choosing a perspective represented in this event through whose eyes the event would be viewed through the medium of a set-form and set-meter poem. Along with this poem, the class was required to submit an essay which not only analytically described the historical context of their event and the event itself, but also their creative decisions in choosing their poetic perspective and construct. The poems and essays were then marketed in a collaborative anthology created entirely by the class, with each student belonging to a small team in charge of one aspect of either sales or book construction. Finally, the students added a visual and speaking component to their project by composing 10-12 minute slideshows, for which they found visual primary sources and exercised effective, informational audience communication. The class's project exhibition included the final presentation of the anthologies as well as a few speaking performances, in which students read a variety of their poems and presentations.
Final Products; Poem, Essay, and Presentation:
Above is posted my final copy of my Poet Laureate Project poem, a Petrarchan sonnet detailing the experience of an Indian medic in World War One as he works for the British army while under siege in present-day Iraq.
Above is posted my final Poet Laureate Project essay, which details the siege of the garrison Kut-al-Amara in World War One and this event's relation to its area's past, present, and volatile future.
Above is posted my final Poet Laureate Project slideshow presentation, which combines the information described in my essay and poem while creating a comprehensive visual effect through visual primary sources.
Above is posted my final Poet Laureate Project slideshow presentation script, which accompanies the visuals of my slideshow with information detailing the specifics of my informational and photographic content as well as describing how I ensured the reliability of my references.
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Book Launch Team:
My Book Launch Team role within this project was that of copy editor. In this role, I was tasked with critiquing 12 peer-created essays and poems for grammar, spelling, and the flow and presentation of content, essentially ensuring that the final anthology was professional and easy to read. My accomplishments while a copy editor included my contribution to a communal effort of quality and professionalism.