Poet Research Paper

Biography of a Poet

 

 

 

STEP 1: Topic and Questions

We are exploring the biography of a poet.  Here are the research questions collected from all four class periods:

 

Data Chart #1: Life of Poet

Data Chart #2: Career of Poet

Data Chart #3: Interpretation of Poem

STEP 2: Seeking Information Sources

 

Print:

DATABASE:

 

GALILEO Databases (Note: If you are at home, you will need to log into www.galileo.usg.edu and use the school password!)

INTERNET:

Individual Websites

1.      Shel Silverstein

·         www.shelsilverstein.com

·         www.poets.org  

 

2.      Robert Louis Stevenson

·         http://www.nls.uk/rlstevenson/index.html

·         http://people.brandeis.edu/~teuber/stevensonbio.html

·         www.poets.org

 

3.      Christina Rossetti

·         http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/rossetti.htm

·         http://anglicanhistory.org/bios/cgrossetti.html

·         http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/crossetti/index.html

·         http://www.humanitiesweb.org/human.php?s=r&p=a&a=i&ID=782

·         www.poets.org

 

4.  Roald Dahl

·         www.roalddahl.com

·         www.poets.org

 

5.  Rudyard Kipling

·         http://www.kipling.org.uk/kip_fra.htm

·         http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1907/kipling-bio.html

·         www.poets.org

 

6.  Maya Angelou

·         www.mayaangelou.com

·         www.poets.org

·         http://www2.oprah.com/xm/mangelou/mangelou_about.jhtml

·         http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/ang0bio-1

 

7.  Walt Whitman

·         http://www.whitmanarchive.org/ 

·         http://www.waltwhitman.org/AboutWhitman.asp

·         www.poets.org

 

8.  Carl Sandburg

·         http://carl-sandburg.com/

·         http://www.nps.gov/carl/forkids/thepoetsjournal.htm

·         http://poetlaureate.il.gov/sandburg.cfm

·         www.poets.org 

 

9.  Edgar Allen Poe

·         http://www.online-literature.com/poe/

·         http://www.poemuseum.org/poes_life/index.html

·         http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/eapoe.htm

·         http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/poe_e.html

·         www.poets.org

 

10.  Gary Soto

·         http://www.garysoto.com/index.html

·         http://content.scholastic.com/browse/contributor.jsp?id=3642

·         http://www.kidspoint.org/columns2.asp?column_id=972&column_type=author

·         www.poets.org

 

11.   Emily Dickinson

·         http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/a_f/dickinson/dickinson.htm

·         www.poets.org

 

12.   William Shakespeare

·         http://www.shakespeare-online.com/

·         www.poets.org

 

13.   Robert Frost

·         www.poets.org

·         http://www.frostfriends.org/

·         http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/a_f/frost/life.htm

 

14.  Theodore Seuss Geisel

·         http://www.catinthehat.org/history.htm

·         www.poets.org

·         http://www.nea.org/readacross/resources/seussbiocomp.html

·         http://www.seussville.com/seussentennial/resources1.html

 

15.  William Blake

·         http://www.online-literature.com/blake/

·         http://www.britainexpress.com/History/bio/blake.htm

·         www.poets.org

 

16.  Edward Lear

·         http://www.nonsenselit.org/Lear/h

·         www.poets.org

·         http://www.bencourtney.com/ebooks/lear/ 

 

17.  Robert Browning

·         http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/rb/rbbio.html

·         http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/browning.htm

·         www.poets.org

 

18.  William Carlos Williams

·         http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/williams/

·         http://www.poemhunter.com/william-carlos-williams/biography/

·         www.poets.org

 

19.  Lewis Carroll

·         http://www.lewiscarroll.org/carroll.html

·         www.poets.org

·         http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/carroll/carrollov.html

·         http://lewiscarrollsociety.org.uk/pages/lewiscarroll/life.html

 

20.  Nikki Giovanni

·         http://nikki-giovanni.com/

·          www.poets.org

·         http://www.writerswrite.com/journal/jul00/giovanni.htm

21.  Anne Morrow Lindbergh

·         http://www.greatwomen.org/women.php?action=viewone&id=98

·         http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/lindbergh/sfeature/anne.html

·         http://www.lindberghfoundation.org/

 

22.  Paul Laurence Dunbar

·         http://www.dunbarsite.org/

·         http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/302

·         http://www.coax.net/people/lwf/DUNBAR.HTM

 

23.  J.R.R. Tolkien

·         http://www.tolkiensociety.org/tolkien/index.html

·         http://www.indepthinfo.com/tolkien/biography.shtml

·         http://www.poemhunter.com/jrr-tolkien/

·         http://www.leaderu.com/humanities/wood-biography.html

 

24.  Phyllis Wheatley:

·         http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part2/2p12.html

·         http://womenshistory.about.com/od/aframerwriters/a/philliswheatley.htm

·         http://www.masshist.org/endofslavery/?queryID=57

·         http://www.lkwdpl.org/wihohio/whea-phi.htm

 

25.  Mattie Stepanek

26.  Langston Hughes

·         http://www.kansasheritage.org/crossingboundaries/page6e1.html

·         http://www.galegroup.com/free_resources/bhm/bio/hughes_l.htm

·         http://www.howard.edu/library/reference/guides/hughes/default.htm

·         http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi/aa/hughes

·         www.poets.org

 

STEP 3: Locating Information in Your Sources

STEP 4: Use Information

 

Collect notes on your note-taking graphic organizer.

 

Remember - avoid plagiarism: 

Citation examples

 

Citation Machine - Please note your teacher has chosen to italicize titles instead of underlining.  You may copy/paste entries, but be sure to change this is in your final paper!  Also note that Citation Machine is a tool like Grammar Check and Spell Check on the computer.  It can make mistakes!  Please check each entry.

 

STEP 5: Synthesize

 

Rough Draft Organizer (Outline)

STEP 6: Evaluation

 

 

 

Beginning

1

Developing

2

Accomplished

3

Exemplary

4

Score

 

Note taking

 

Minimal notes turned in, no sources noted, disorganized

Adequate Notes taken, few sources noted, somewhat organized

Notes taken, sources noted on most, organized

Thorough notes taken, sources noted on each, well-organized

 

Rough Draft

Draft is missing required information and is difficult to read.

Draft includes most required information and is legible.

Draft includes all required information and is legible.

Detailed draft is neatly presented and includes all required information.

 

Revising and Editing

Paragraphs do not “flow” (poor sentence structure).  No use of transitional words. Many grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors. 

Sentence structure could be improved. Some transitional words. Some grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors. 

Sentence structure is adequate and flows. Includes transitional words. Few grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors. 

Sentence structure is varied and flows well.  Transitional words add interest. Almost no grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors. 

 

Written paper

Paper unorganized, no original ideas. Poorly written, missing bibliography much too short or long

Paper somewhat organized, some original ideas, adequately written, bibliography included, within correct length

Paper organized and written with adequate original ideas, bibliography included, correct length

Paper well-organized and thoughtfully presented, containing many original ideas, bibliography included in MLA style