Students will be able to create visual poems using Brush Ninja and explore the relationship between words and images in poetry.
- Computers or tablets with internet access
- Brush Ninja website
- Poetry books or websites for inspiration
- Begin the lesson by discussing what makes a poem and how poets use words to create imagery and evoke emotions.
- Introduce the concept of visual poetry, where images play a significant role in conveying meaning.
- Demonstrate how to use Brush Ninja to create animated gifs and explain its features such as drawing tools, layers, frames, and timeline.
- Give students time to explore the website and experiment with creating simple animations using shapes, colors, and text.
- Provide examples of visual poems from poetry books or websites for inspiration.
- Encourage students to write their own short poems on any topic they like or choose from a list provided by the teacher.
- Students should then use Brush Ninja to illustrate their poems visually using animation techniques learned earlier in class.
- Once complete, have students share their visual poems with classmates either through a presentation or posting them online.
Assessment will be based on:
- Student participation in class discussion about poetry techniques and concepts
- Student ability to create an original poem that conveys emotion or imagery
- Creativity demonstrated in developing an animated gif that complements the written poem
For advanced students who finish early:
- Challenge them to write longer poems that require more complex visuals
- Ask them to research other forms of visual poetry such as concrete poetry or shape poetry
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