Before class, students will (if they haven’t already)…

  • Go to the Discussion “Poems! Poems! Poems!” and comment on at least two classmates’ poems.
  • Continue working on their own poetry. (Instructions on how to get started are on Week 11’s Assignment post.)

During class on Tuesday, November 16, we will…


  • Review one of the poems we’ve chosen and will share why we like that poem in small groups.
  • Talk about how writing poetry is going. Good, bad, so-so? Why?
  • I’ll lead an introductory discussion about dialogue in drama (and other genres).

On Thursday, November 18, students will


  • Post your poems (all four in one post) to OpenLab. Title the post Full Name, Poetry and save it under the category Poetry by 11:59 PM on Thursday, November 18.
  • Email the link to your poems to your Cohort and me for your Cohort to review by 11:59 PM on Thursday, November 18.
    • Send it to and your Cohort’s email (on the Google Doc).

Before class on Tuesday, November 23, students will…

  • Review and respond to your Cohort’s work, using the “ENG1141 Critique for Poetry” worksheet on the Course Profile. (I’ve also posted it below.)
    • Email this worksheet to your Cohort and me by class time on Tuesday!
    • Remember, this is worth 10% of your overall grade!
  • Read Lincoln’s monologue and all three scenes from Suzan-Lori Parks’ play, Topdog/Underdog. (Monologue and scenes are posted below.)
  • Journal Assignment 7: Reflect on your experience with poetry writing—good, bad, so-so, and why. Title it Full Name, Journal 7 and save it under Journals.