Mathematical Poetry – Junior Instructor – Early Semester
“When I was younger, writing wasn’t my favorite but poetry changed all that. I’ve always loved math. I wanted to create a class that combines my two favorite subjects, and that’s how this course came to light. I see math everywhere in poetry and I invite you to discover a world of poetry and math with me.” ~ Cassidy the Poetic Mathematician
Poetry is an integral part of English literature. In normal English classes, poems are written and analyzed and students are asked to unlock a deeper understanding of poetry and prose alike. Math is usually thought of as a study of numbers. Equations are solved and answers are found, using logic and set formulas. Two very different subjects.
Prefer one over the other? Understandable. Like them equally? Also understandable.
What if I told you that I could combine them? Are you curious? Come found out how!
Math concepts introduced in this course are:
- Simple geometry
- Fibonacci numbers and sequence
- Ancient math
- Knot Theory
What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:
- Weekly Assignment Forum — write and post at least one poem each week.
- Project Forum — showcase and share student creativity through their project.
What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:
- Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.
What to expect during the weekly webinar:
- Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
- Primary instruction and guided discussions are provided during live webinars.
- Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions.
Before taking this course, students should be able to:
- Read and write complete sentences with coherent grammar.
Students should be willing to:
- Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
- Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
- Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.
Required books & materials:
- All required course materials will be online.
- Suggested book: A rhyming dictionary like Rhyming Dictionary, by Sue Young, Scholastic, Inc., 1994