Teaching Sonnets with mobile and Desktop applications
How boring can it be to teach poetry to kids who sometimes are not used to reading books, not interested in sharing their imagination about the novels, they have read.
They often have no reason to dive into the world of interpretation, because many kids do not really like being exposed to laughter they - as far as many expect it to be like - might be the reaction of the other kids in the classroom.
What many kids in my class often ask is, What are we supposed to say about this poem or this sonnet ?
I hate these question because I did not want my students to be restricted to one real and only true or possible interpretation.
Mobile devices might change this. Whenever I am able to leave the school building I realize that most kids turn their heads around all the time because it is just a difference to be outside. You see more and hear more (sounds of traffic, the wind etc.)
Let the kids choose a poem on their own, whatever its topic might be, and let them make a photo that they think matches best the content of the poem or sonnet (depending on what you are talking about).
If they have a mobile device like iPhone, iPad or Android at hand, they can bring together this photo and the poem with Adobe Comp CC. This is a useful tool to freeze ideas on a device before they get lost because it takes too much time before you get to your desk.
The students could try out layouting techniques, play with text headlines and images, and most importantly they would have a product they can present and better explain to the other students, what they had in mind when they picked this photo as a perfect match for the poem (sonnet).
Such a class trip might set some alternatives to the daily routine and help the students to explore their own creative abilities.
The image was taken on a January afternoon.
The kids who did this can still modify their work at their computers at home or at school. It is never finished as in real life the understanding of a sonnet may change, according to your experiences.
They have their photos on their mobile phones and can always look at them and think about them.