Café Rico is a poetry
writing workshop for Spanish 4 that begins with a look at
how to create images in poetry: personification, simile,
metaphor, antithesis, hyperbole, and sensory description.
It continues with syllables, spoken and written accents,
rhythm and rhyme, and concludes with a look at the odes of
Pablo Neruda. We examine several important poems of various
genres as examples. Each section includes activities for
increased understanding and ends with four original poems
written by each student, including a haiku, a poem featuring
rhythm, a poem featuring rhyme, and an ode.
For the final class period
there is a “coffee house” in the classroom, complete with
popcorn, finger-snapping, and background jazz. Each student
must read at least two of his or her poems in front of the
class (with appropriate expression, of course. Most
students can’t wait to read all four of their poems.
The purpose of the unit is
not to study specific poetry in depth. We do that in other
lessons at other times during the year. This unit intends
to familiarize students with a manageable variety of
literary and poetic devices that they can use to create
their own original poems.
Similarly, there is not a
laundry list of literary terms in this unit. Instead the
scope is strictly limited in order to provide a more
meaningful and interesting study for the students. Many of
the elements lay the groundwork for the AP Spanish class the
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