American Primitive: Poems Fun Activities

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Have the students break into groups. Have each group create a new and more fitting title for this book. Make sure they are ready to defend their choice.

Swamp Obstacle Course

Create an obstacle course to symbolize the events illustrated in 'Crossing the Swamp'. Have the students complete this course and discuss how this affected them, and why something like this would have been so important to the author.

Art in Multiple Mediums

Create a piece of art in any medium that portrays one of the basic themes of these poems. Have different groups do different themes, and then have the class view all the different works.


Have the students write about a memory from their childhood using the kind of hyperbole that Oliver used in some of these short poems.

Dust Jackets

Create a dust jacket for this book. Have the students all cover their...

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