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- Writing Poems Teaching your students about poetry by having them write poems
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- Why have students write poems? its fun for the students it develops their understanding of the ways in which poems work it develops their skills in using language, observing closely and describing precisely, and using such poetic elements as rhyme, rhythm, and imagery
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- Things to do before they begin writing lay out the rules for that sort of poem (including rhyme, rhythm, line length, total number of lines [if fixed], and anything about subject matter) make sure they know what is really important in the process
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- Things to do before they begin writing provide one or more models for students to study; these should be available to students as they write talk about the models at some length
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- Things to do before they begin writing give them time to brainstorm give them clear directions about what they should include as they do so (e.g.: be sure to use all five senses in brainstorming for a Dream Poem)
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- Things to do before they begin writing remind them that they can revise--they can wander far away from those things they came up with in brainstorming
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- Where did this stuff come from? The information that follows comes from Giggle Poetry at http://gigglepoetry.com/poetryclass.cfm http://gigglepoetry.com/poetryclass.cfm And the main writer here is the childrens poet Bruce Lansky.
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- I cant write a poem! Forget it. You must be kidding. I'm still half asleep. My eyes keep closing. My brain isn't working. I don't have a pencil. I don't have any paper. My desk is wobbly. I don't know what to write about. And besides, I don't even know how to write a poem. I've got a headache. I need to see the nurse. Time's up? Uh oh! All I have is this dumb list of excuses. You like it? Really? No kidding. Thanks a lot. Would you like to see another one? Bruce Lansky
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- Roses are red poems The form of these poems is very familiar and therefore easy to imitate. Tulips are red, Hyacinths, pink; I dropped the radio Into the sink.
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- Roses are red poems Gerbils are brown, Parrots are green. The surgeons by accident Took out your spleen.
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- Roses are red poems how to? You can start off the students with some very simple exercises: Violets are blue. Roses are green; When we were downtown, __________.
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- Roses are red poems how to? Or: Roses are red. Violets are blue; My cousin Margie ____________. Purpose: give students practice with rhyme and rhythmand with humor in a poem
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- Roses are red poems how to? Then put the students to work. Begin by making a list on the board of color words that are just one syllable long. These will fit the meter when substituted for blue. Lets make a list now.
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- Roses are red poems how to? Remind the students of the rhythm and the form: write the poem on the board. Then let them loose. Let their imaginations run wild! So now go ahead and write.
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- And dont forget: Always give your students a chance to read what theyve written. Always find things to praise in what theyve done. Try to find positive suggestions about improvements they might makebut state these in a cheerful, supportive way.
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- Clerihews Named for Edmund Clerihew Bentley: Sir James Jeans Always says what he means: He is really perfectly serious About the Universe being Mysterious English physicist and astronomer
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- Clerihewsthe rules 1.They are four lines long. 2.The first and second lines rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth lines rhyme with each other. 3.The first line names a person, and the second line ends with something that rhymes with the name of the person. 4.A clerihew should be funny.
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- Sample Clerihews Our art teacher, Mr. Shaw, Really knows how to draw. But his awful paintings Have caused many faintings.
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- Sample Clerihews N'Sync Stink. Their music hurts my ears. I much prefer Britney Spears.
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- Sample Clerihews The President, George W. Bush, Gave the Taliban a vigorous push. But he couldnt make Osama Cry for his mama.
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- Now its your turn Choose someone whose last name you can rhyme with you know something about Think about something funny you can say about that person Keep in mind the rhyme scheme: AABB Try it out Purpose: give students experience with rhymes and form in the context of a specific person
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- Yankee Doodle Poems Like the Roses are red poems, these make use of an entirely familiar form, where rhythm, rhyme scheme, line length, and general situation are all determined in advance
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- Yankee Doodle Poems Yankee Doodle went to town riding on a monkey. He had to take a shower quick, because he smelled so funky.
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- Yankee Doodle Poems Yankee Doodle went to town riding on a rabbit. He rode around in circles 'cause it got to be a habit.
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- Yankee Doodle Poems Y.D. doesnt have to be riding on something: Yankee Doodle went to town Eating tea and crumpets Spilled the tea all down his shirt When someone blew a trumpet. Purpose: rhyme, rhythm, form
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- Yankee Doodle Poems Have the students begin by choosing an animal. They should make sure that its something they can think of a rhyme for They should be sure that it will fit in with the rhythm (not Yankee Doodle went to town / A riding on a Thompsons gazelle)
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- Yankee Doodle Poems Make sure that they keep the rhythm in mind as they work: DUM da DUM da DUM da da, DUM da DUM da DUM da. DUM da DUM da DUM da da, da DUM da DUM da DUM da.
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- Yankee Doodle Poems And give them sufficient time to brainstorm and to write. Now its your turn.
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- Write a Dream Poem Here's a poem that's fairly easy to write because it's simply a collection of dreamy images woven together. All you have to do is imagine some dreamy place and write down what you'd expect to see, hear, smell, taste, and feel there. This poem is in free verse, so you don't need to worry about rhyme or rhythm. Purpose: give students practice with imagery and paying attention to all five senses; some attention to a poems unity
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- Write a Dream Poem After tossing and turning for what must have been an hour or so, I find myself lying on a tropical beach, the waves gently licking the sand. I gaze up at the sky and notice some pelicans soaring and swooping, looking for lunch. There's a catamaran sailing offshore, swept by the wind that is cooling my brow. etc.
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- Another Dream Poem Sleepy Thoughts on a Cold Winter Night I'm cold. I pull my blanket over my head. That's better. I find a comfortable position and start breathing slowly. I wonder what it would be like to be a bear and sleep all winter. I guess you'd have to have a pretty big last supper, or you'd have to wake up in January to find something to eat....
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- Another Dream Poem Sleepy Thoughts on a Cold Winter Night (cont.) I wonder what it would be like to be a fish and sleep at the bottom of a lake. I guess you'd have to have gills, or you'd have to come up to the surface every ten seconds or so to get a breath of air. etc.
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- A different kind of dream Every kid needs help with homework. Well, most of us anyway. So I start an Internet company called "Homework Helper." I've lined up the smartest kids in school to explain math and science, edit papers, and correct homework before it's turned in. Anyway, as soon as the kids at school find out, they flock to my website. When kids from schools around the country start logging on, I know I'm on to something. But my parents have no idea what I'm doing, until the day that a reporter from People magazine calls my mother and says he wants to interview her "brilliant" son for their next issue!
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- Time to write your own dream poem! Brainstorm first! Choose a location or situation to dream of. Write down the sights, sounds, smells, feelings, and tastes you associate with that setting.
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- Lunch for your teacher This kind of poem can be lots of fun for the students to write It gives them a little more liberty than, say, a Roses Are Red poem...... and that means they have more responsibility, so this one is a bit harder
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- Lunch for your teacher The idea is to create a yucky, disgusting, and thoroughly laughable lunch for a teacher (or anyone else, for that matter). It would, of course, be possible to create a really nice lunch for teacher: angel pudding with sunlight cream, / a bowl of smiles and two dollops of dream But yucky is probably better
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- Lunch for your teacher Begin by listing the nasty ingredients: Rattlesnake stew centipede salad seaweed and jellyfish sandwich milk mixed with glue poohberry pie If your students are having trouble with rhyming, it can be enou
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