Poetry. Learning Objective. Building a basic understanding and appreciation of poetry and how to apply it to the art of storytelling. Learning Outcomes. Develop an enjoyment of poetry. Explore a variety of poetry structures. Experiment with the effects created by words.
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Building a basic understanding and appreciation of poetry and how to apply it to the art of storytelling.
Tells a story or describes a person or thing. Has a regular rhyme pattern, very often having four lines per verse, with the 2nd and 4th lines rhyming.
Can be used to create an atmosphere and express mood or feeling. Has an irregular rhythm.
A unit of verse consisting of words in a single row.
A verse of a poem.
A division of a poem.
Write your own Acrostic Poem in the your notes using your name! You have 3 minutes to complete this
A metaphor compares two unlike things using the words
‘is or was’; for example ‘He is a computer’.
He is very angry.
He is very gentle.
She is very slow.
She is a warm person.
He is very mean.
She is very pretty
Read each sentence and write a metaphor for each. For example:
She is very fast.
She is a speedboat.
You have 3 minutes
Grey is the playground just before lunch time.
Grey is the fog as it swirls around the houses.
Grey is the color of the shells lying on the beach in winter.
Grey is the rainy spray on an afternoon road.
Grey is the soft coat on my mouse.
Grey is grey,
And most of all
Grey is my tired mom’s hair.
Use the Y-chart to determine what your chosen color looks, feels and sounds like.
You have 3 minutes.
A simile compares two unlike things using the words ‘like’ or ‘as’; for example: ‘My friend is like a diamond’.
He laughs like a ………..
He waddled like a ……..
As big as a ………
He clung like a ……. to his surfboard.
Read each sentence and
write a simile for each.
She shines like …the sun.
You have 2 minutes.
Use the model to write your own simile poem about an animal of your choice. You have 5 minutes.
SHAPE OF A GREYHOUND
A head like a snake
A neck like a drake
A back like a beam
A belly like a bream
A foot like a cat
A tail like a rat.
Literal language is meaning exactly what you say; for example: Go jump in the lake.
Figurative language is saying one thing and meaning another; for example: ‘Go jump in a lake!’
What would the meaning of the sentences be if you took them literally? You have 2 minutes.
Are you chilling?
Please give me a break!
That boy is two-faced!
My friend drives me up the wall!
Read the sentences and decide if they should be taken literally (L) or figuratively (F) You have two minutes.
He was the apple of my eye.
He was very nice.
She had a mouth like a speedboat.
He had a crush on her.
She was a very good student.
Shape and Alliteration Poems
Alliteration repeats a consonant over and over; For example: ‘Betty bought some butter but the butter was bitter’.
The ‘Toothpaste’ and ‘Snail’ shape poems use alliteration. Write a shape poem from one of these ideas using alliteration: A ball, a snake,, a ghost, a star, or a banana, your choice. You have 5 minutes.
A limerick is a fun poem that has five lines. Lines one, two and five have three strong downbeats and the ends rhyme. Lines three and four have two strong downbeats and rhyme.
Anna Maria from France
Hated to sing and to dance
But she boogied one day
What and awful display!
When her neighbor set fire to her pants.
There once was a boy named O’Toole
Who didn’t act smart when at school.
He tried to read books
But got dirty looks,
And he grew up to be quite a fool.
Try write your own limerick. You have 5 minutes.
Read through this sample of a rap, yes it’s a little cheesy and you can do better, but it’s a good sample of the format.
Hey, everybody, let’s write a rap.
First there’s a rhythm you’ll need to clap.
Keep that rhythm and stay in time,
‘cause a rap needs rhythm and a good strong rhyme.
“But what’ll we write?” I hear you shout.
There ain’t no rules for what a rap’s about.
You can rap about a robber, you can rap about a king,
You can rap about a chewed up piece of string…
you can rap about almost …… anything!
You can rap about the ceiling, you can rap about the floor,
you can rap about the window, write a rap on the door.
You can rap about things that are mean or pleasant,
you can rap about wrapping up a Christmas present.
But when you think there just ain’t nothing left to say…..
you can wrap it all up and put it away.
A Poem to Perform
Here’s a better student sample of Rap… pay special attention to the rhyme and the pick-ups….