January 17, 2012

Using New Media and Aerosol Cheese to Interest Youth in Poetry

How to use New Media to interest youth in poetry?  Have them take pictures, create music and then make a video.  I created this video for Jack Prelutsky's Last Night I Dreamed of Chickens using a point and shoot digital camera and iMovie, for my course on Language Arts and Literacy at the Middle Level.  To accentuate the feel of the poem, I concentrated on image duration and the effect of the music.

Then next step was to write an original poem and then shoot video to accompany it.  With apologies to Walt Whitman, here is Extra Cheesy.

Big thanks to Clifford and Sorrel at Upinngil Farm in Bernardston, Mass., where there is fun to had!