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List Poetry Video Step 1: Understand the Process

November 7, 2006

Mr. Marsano’s class (5-302),

You guys are going to make videos by putting photos from the Internet with your voices reading the lines of poetry you wrote for your Whitman List Poems.

Here’s a sample of how it might work: Video Sample on The Media Spot

Here are links to the photos I used to make the video you just saw. I found them by using “key words” from Walt Whitman’s poem to search (, a website full of free photographs on all types of subjects.

For your list poetry videos on Nature you will do searches for “key words” in the lines of student poetry you choose on, and save them on your computers for your videos.

For example, I put the “Key Words” in the following line of poetry that I would use in an Internet search in bold text:

The early lilacs became part of this child,
And grass, and white and red morning-glories, and white and red clover, and the song of the phoebe-bird




morning glory“:



Now move on to Step 2 on the Blog, and create the poem that you will turn into your video!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2006 4:20 pm

    Mary R. Vogt sent a message using the contact form at

    Hi students,
    I just wanted to take a moment & say “Awesome job!!” regarding your video
    that you all put together to Walt Whitman’s poem, “There was a Child
    went Forth”. Beautiful work. Well done.
    Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your work by selecting 4 of
    my images from MorgueFile. I’m very much into photographing horses right now so I really loved the
    horse sound.
    I hope you all keep reading poetry, making films and taking your own
    camera everywhere you go.
    I’m certain that you have great teachers to help encourage you along the
    Have fun,
    Mary R. Vogt

  2. November 15, 2006 4:21 pm


    Thank you for your comments, and for contacting us! I’m glad you found
    our links to your photos. I am coordinating the project at PS124, an
    elementary school in Brooklyn, NY. The students are going to continue
    to use photos from MorgueFile for additional poetry videos. The theme
    is nature, so they will most likely be using more of your great shots!

    On top of all the searching and technical work to produce these videos
    it would be difficult to have the students credit each individual
    photographer they use photos from. However, I think it is important for
    them to be aware that there is a difference between MorgueFile photos
    and photos found through Google Images. We have touched on this in
    class during the preliminary search, and will eventually credit in the end. As an MF user and author, are you
    comfortable with that?

    Again, thanks for your comments, I’d like to post them as a comment on
    our blog, with your permission ( as a
    way to emphasize that artists do exist behind the media we find on the

    Rhys Daunic, TMS

  3. November 15, 2006 4:22 pm

    MorgueFile has opened so many doors for me & I’ve had such great ‘notifies’ & credits, to be used as a tool for young students, I can afford to be okay with no direct credit.
    This is a wonderful way to make a difference in a child’s life & I’m elated that I can be a part of that.
    I hope they see things in my work that they don’t see often in Brooklyn.
    Poetry & pictures made into a film–that’s just real cool.
    I do hope they see my comments. I cut & pasted Walt Whitman’s name & name of the poem so that looks messed up now but I’m sure someone can fix that.
    Yes, please post my note.
    There are so many great people on MorgueFile from all over the world & as young as teenagers. I don’t know how you found the site, but I am so glad you did.
    Keep up the great work and wonderful ideas.
    Instead of watching someone else’s work on tv, you tube & movies, these students can create their own entertainment & read & interpret great poetry.
    Thank you,

  4. November 15, 2006 7:06 pm

    Thanks Mary,
    I’ll let you know when more videos get posted!

    Rhys, TMS

  5. November 15, 2006 7:06 pm

    Look forward to it–even if you don’t use my work, I still want to see their work!!

  6. June 21, 2007 9:46 pm

    hi i am one of the kids from 5-302 it was so hard to do this vidoe and this is for the kids that are going to the fith next yeardont rush take your time and good luck i need that for nexts year im going to 6th grade.have a good time!! 🙂

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