Plagiarism – The Poetry Project

This is a project that I call Plagiarism for a number of reasons. It is not plagiarism! However, what I am doing here is using another poem as my model for writing a poem. I keep the structure as close as possible to the original. I may even use a phrase or two from the original. This is a teaching-moment project. Indeed, there are many teaching moments built into this work. I hope you enjoy them.

My inspiration for this work was a seminar that I went to in the fall of 2011.  The man running the seminar is a veteran high school English teacher and author from Los Angeles, CA.  His name is Kelly Gallagher.  You can find his website here:  The talk was inspiring, to say the least.  He is a passionate man with a lot to give.  He was basing this seminar on his book Write Like This.  Read the title literally, like a helpful suggestion: write like this!  During the talk, we practiced modelling our writing on somebody’s writing, usually someone famous.  It got me thinking, and led me to the idea of this project.

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