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Poem Writing Art Assignment during Coronvirus Pandemic

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This is part 1 of my middle school art student's assignment. I'm posting it here for all homeschoolers and new homeschool parents who find themselves interested in a new, globally-minded, and relevant creative art project for themselves or their kids. Enjoy!


Lakeshore Middle School Visual Arts with Mr. Lursen
The week of March 30thto April 3rd, 2020


This week (3/30 – 4/3) we will embark on a new and fascinating two-part art project that involves each and every one of us and also relates to the world as a whole. Let’s think about how our personal experiences during this season relate to the human experience on a global level.


Here’s the idea. Each one of us/you will brainstorm and write a poem about the coronavirus and/or social distancing and how you are handling it. You will edit this poem for clarity, cleverness, and grammar and turn it in (upload it to canvas) as a .doc (Microsoft word file) for your first assignment this week. Your poem is due by Wednesday, April 1stat noon. You will write your original poem from your own imagination.

 [You may not copy any lines of any known literature, lyrics, or poetry and I will intermittently google quotes from your poetry to ensure no plagiarism has occurred. If I find any plagiarism, you will fail this project, I will make parent contact, and you will be required to redo the project as a new graded assignment.]


Your poem must be related to the Coronavirus, social distancing, being a homeschooled virtual student, government-mandated stay home order, non-essential businesses being shut down, small businesses struggling, your parents potentially being out of work, enjoying being out of school, free from bullying and mean kids, or something that is unique to this season of your life. Please make your poem truly represent how you feel in this season.

Make it real and emotional by giving specific true-to-life examples, or make it super creative by writing an allegory or metaphor for your current experience.

  • An allegory is a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.
  • A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.
  • A poem is a piece of writing that partakes of the nature of both speech and song that is nearly always rhythmical, usually metaphorical, and often exhibits such formal elements as meter, rhyme, and stanza structure.


Your poem should be at least 6 quality sentences but has no maximum. Your poem can be as long as you can make it. Feel free to research different types of poetry and songwriting to develop a personal preference on style, rhythm, rhyming, pacing, etc. Song lyrics count as poetry.


 I look forward to reading your poetry soon!


Mr. Lursen


Once your poem is complete, you may move on to part 2: Illustrating your poem.


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