Friday, March 7, 2008

Holocaust Picture Poems


After finishing chapter one in Night, we're going to switch gears a bit and write what I like to call a picture poem.

To me, it can be hard to imagine what it would be like to live in the 1930's and 40's in Europe while the Holocaust was happening. I've never been to Europe, I wasn't alive at this time, and I've never felt the fear of this type of prejudice. I'm sure that many of you feel the same sort of disconnect from this time period and these circumstances.

In order to get closer to the actual people who died or survived this horrendous nightmare, we're going to put ourelves in this place through an individual in a photograph. The photograph might portray a man or a woman, a child or an aged person. Your subject might be someone who is being persecuted or someone who's fighting for the NAZI's. Either way, you're going to have to figure out the motivations, fears, hopes, and perspective of your subject.

You will each be assigned a specific picture. Some photos have just one person; others show multiple persons. Choose a subject from which you would like to write. Guess their age, their name, and their thoughts at the instant the photo was taken. Use their facial and body clues for any hidden messages about how they're feeling.

Your poem should be thoughtful, respectful, appropriate, and complete. We're going to pair our poems with the pictures for display in the room.

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