"Poetry in a Nutshell" is an interactive CD ROM designed to help Junior
High school students learn the elements of Poetry. This multimedia package
uses still photos, graphics, sound, animation, and music to enhance the
delivery of key Language Arts curriculum concepts. The program is pedagogically
sound as an expert in Language Arts curriculum development was utilized
as the content consultant. The program is designed for Junior High and is
useful both in school and at home. Copies have also been purchased at the
High School, College and University levels.
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Poety in a Nutshell Key Features:
Features & Benefits:
"Poetry in a Nutshell" is an interactive, educational, multimedia
exploration of the elements of poetry. It is a 3-part CD-ROM set including
well-known poems by Canadian, British and American authors. It is useful
to both teachers for full class instruction and to students for individual
use. Each poem can be heard as well as read. The index system enables
the user to navigate from an index screen to any topic in the program
and vice versa. The program is curriculum specific and has been designed
to teach the standard elements of poetry to Junior High School students
worldwide in the English Language.
The program is divided into three sections:
Minimum System Requirements:
- The Spirit of Poetry :
includes examples of narrative poems, sonnets, haiku poems, concrete
poetry, the dramatic monologue as well as examples of other types of
poetry. All poems can be heard as well as read, on the principle that
poetry is meant to be listened to. Every user will have the opportunity
to write their own cinquain or five line poem on-screen. This section
also introduces a variety of poets and their poetry.
- The Sound of Poetry :
identifies how language, rhyme and rhythm operate together to produce
the musical effect of poetry. This section contains examples of sound
devices used by poets including euphony, cacophony, dialect, onomatopoeia,
and alliteration. This section also covers rhyme: end rhyme, internal
rhyme, the Italian sonnet and the Elizabethan sonnet. Also covered in
this section is the rhythm of poetry including syllabication, rhythm,
and patterns such as iambic, trochaic and anapestic. The use of metre
and foot are also covered.
- The Figures of Poetry
demonstrates the magical consequences of using everyday language in
a special way. Items covered in this section include denotation, the
simile, the metaphor and figures of speech. Figures of speech covered
include personification, allusion, hyperbole, apostrophe and metonymy.
The user is led through these poetic concepts by narrator Geoff Seymour,
who from time to time gives navigation tips, as well as explanations
of poetic techniques. The poems are read by a variety of voices including
some high school students. The CD-ROM opening screen contains original
harp music performed by author and musician Ed Kavanagh. The program
uses many backdrops to create the mood of poetry including original
photographs by Mollie Sorlie and line drawings by Bill Maddock.
The program is curriculum specific as opposed to edutainment or reference.
The elements of poetry are a focus because they are difficult to teach
and because they are standard to Language Arts curriculum everywhere.
The Interface Design of the program was designed with the teacher and
student in mind. The interface and navigation are clean and easy to
use, enabling the user to focus primarily on the message. The navigation
system reduces confusion and enables the user to maximize instructional
usage. The program was designed by educator John Maddock, with the classroom
instructional environment in mind and comes complete with teaching notes
and student activities.
|IBM P-100 compatible, or better
|16 MB Ram
||16 MB Ram
|16 bit color
||Thousands of colors
||Mac OS/7 or later
|SoundBlaster Compatible(8 bit, 22 kHz)
||SoundBlaster Compatible(8 bit, 22 kHz)
|CD-ROM Drive (2X or better)
||CD-ROM Drive (2X or better)
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