Use Scratch and Makey Makey to make your poems interactive!
Makey Makey Classic, Paper, 6B pencils, poetry books
Step 1: Pick a Poem to Visualize
Step 2: Create Four Drawings to Visualize Poetry
Create four pencil drawings to help us visualize your poem.
Here is an example of a finished poem project.
- Make your drawings dark and retrace with pencil often!
- Draw a connection to the edge of your paper so you can easily clip an alligator clip.
- Don’t forget to draw a connection for Earth!
Step 3: Record Audio in Scratch
Record four separate audio samples in Scratch. Here are some of my favorite student projects!
- Remember to program each arrow key as a different line (or stanza ) of the poem.
- You can edit your audio clips in Scratch!
- Use the handout in this guide to get started programming in Scratch.
This is a great tip sheet from MM for getting started with audio, Scratch, and Makey Makey!
Step 4: Program Drawings
Connect your drawings to Makey Makey and program your drawings to "say" your audio samples.
What are you Learning?
- With each re-read you are reaching a deeper comprehension of the poem.
- By reading aloud, you are also understanding the way poetry is written and how to perform linebreaks, stanzas, etc.
- How to create programs for computer keys (Create events with if/then statements)
- How graphite is conductive (and even loses conductivity over time)
Scratch link https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/142039700/
If you want students to create their own poetry, you can also do this fairly quickly with the "black out" poetry technique. (Thank you David Saunders for this idea!) Students will black out poetry and connect the blacked out portion to Scratch using the Makey Makey. Full guide here
Step 5: Extensions and Other EdTech Poetry Resources
Go Further with Scratch
Go further with Scratch and the writing process by creating a poem generator! Have students write multiple phrases that could accompany drawings and then use the "pick random" block from the operator palette to make their own poetry generator!