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Poetry Unit. First Thing’s First. Choose a theme or subject for your anthology. Love Sports Weather Nature Art Dancing Working Family. Books People School Children Music Money Playing. Haiku. A very short form of Japanese poetry Traditionally haikus are about the seasons

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First thing s first
First Thing’s First

Choose a theme or subject for your anthology

  • Love

  • Sports

  • Weather

  • Nature

  • Art

  • Dancing

  • Working

  • Family

  • Books

  • People

  • School

  • Children

  • Music

  • Money

  • Playing


  • A very short form of Japanese poetry

  • Traditionally haikus are about the seasons

  • 17 total syllables in 3 lines 5, 7, 5

  • Emphasizes stillness, simplicity, and depth

Ex by pete frengel
Ex: by Pete Frengel

Now toss the daisiesover your head; tufts of whitedrift in floating sky.

Looking everywherefor the pen cap, deep in thought.It's stuck in my mouth.

There are fireflies,constellations, stars of fire,suns, and there is you.

Requirements for anthology
Requirements for Anthology

  • 4 Haikus

  • One about each season

    • Summer

    • Winter

    • Spring

    • Fall

  • Or

  • Each one using a different sense

    • Sight

    • Smell

    • Hearing

    • Taste

    • Touch

Let s try it
Let’s try it!

______ ______ ______ ______ ______ (5)

______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ (7)

______ ______ ______ ______ ______ (5)

Rhyming couplet poem
Rhyming Couplet Poem

  • A pair of lines in poetry that rhyme

  • aa, bb, cc, dd, ee

  • The pair of lines usually form a complete thought

  • Pairs of lines are usually the same length with the same meter


I have the measles and the mumps,

a gash, a rash and purple bumps.

Shel Silverstein

I do not like green eggs and ham,

I do not like them, Sam I am.

Dr. Seuss

On the far-away Island of Sala-ma-Sond

Yertle the Turtle was king of the pond.

A nice little pond. It was clean. It was neat.

The water was warm. There was plenty to eat.

The turtles had everything turtles might need.

And they were all happy. Quite happy indeed.

Dr. Seuss

Requirements for anthology1
Requirements for Anthology

  • 1 ten line poem with rhyming couplets

  • Rhyme scheme aa, bb, cc, dd, ee

  • One example of hyperbole

    • Exaggeration, figure of speech

    • Ex. That bag weighed a ton

    • I’ve done this a thousand times

  • One allusion

    • A reference to a person, place, or event – real or fictional

    • Ex. The girl's love of sweets was her Achilles heel

Let s try it1
Let’s try it

__________________________________________ (a)

__________________________________________ (a)

__________________________________________ (b)

__________________________________________ (b)

__________________________________________ (c)

__________________________________________ (c)

__________________________________________ (d)

__________________________________________ (d)

__________________________________________ (e)

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Diamante poem
Diamante Poem

  • Shaped like a diamond

  • Uses nouns, adjectives, –ing words, and synonyms or antonyms

  • 7 lines, each line has a different purpose

  • Lines 1 and 7 are nouns, synonyms or antonyms of each other

  • Line 2- two adjectives that describe line 1

  • Line 3- three –ing words that describe line 1

  • Line 4- four nouns- the first two are connected with line 1; the last two are connected with line 7

  • Line 5- three –ing words that describe line 7

  • Line 6- two adjectives that describe line 7

Ex by keith
Ex. by Keith

DayBright, SunnyRaining, Shining, Heating Morning, Afternoon, Evening, BedtimeDarkening, Cooling, ScaringDark, ColdNight

By ms rhinehardt
By Ms. Rhinehardt


Fun, Happy

Loving, Dancing, Reading

Teacher, Student, Scientist, Speaker

Working, Moving, Singing

Smart, Serious


Requirements for anthology2
Requirements for Anthology

  • 3 Diamante poems

  • One about nature

  • One about you

  • One about your favorite person

  • Don’t forget about the theme for you anthology

Let s try it2
Let’s try it


__________, __________

__________, __________, __________

__________, __________, __________, __________

__________, __________, __________

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Children s poem
Children’s poem

  • Teaches a lesson

  • Usually funny or silly

  • Can rhyme, but doesn’t have to

I raised my hand in class by kenn nesbitt
I Raised My Hand in Classby Kenn Nesbitt

I raised my hand in class this morning,sitting in the back.The teacher didn't see, I think.Instead she called on Jack.I stretched my hand up higher,but she called on Zach and Zoe.I started bouncing up and down,but, still, she called on Chloe.I waved my arms but, even so,she didn't call on me.She called on Bryan, Brooklyn, Billy,Bailey, Ben, and Bree.She called on Taylor, Tristan, Thomas,Trinity, and Ty.Then, finally, she called my name.I breathed a heavy sigh.She asked me for the answer.I just frowned and clenched my knees,and said, "I've no idea,but could I use the bathroom, please?"

Don t ever bite your sister by kenn nesbitt
Don’t Ever Bite Your Sisterby Kenn Nesbitt

Don't ever bite your sister.Don't kick her in the shin.Don't slap your sister sillyand don't sock her on the chin.Don't tape a "Kick Me" posterupon your sister's back.Don't take your stinky socks offand then put them in her pack.Don't purchase plastic spidersand place them on her head.Don't leave your rubber rattlesnakeinside your sister's bed.Don't do this to your sisterfor, if you ever do,I'm pretty sure she may do somethingeven worse to you.

My teacher took my ipod by kenn nesbitt
My Teacher Took My iPodby Kenn Nesbitt

My teacher took my iPod.She said they had a rule;I couldn't bring it into classor even to the school.She said she would return it;I'd have it back today.But then she tried my headphones onand gave a click on Play.She looked a little startled,but after just a whileshe made sure we were occupiedand cracked a wicked smile.Her body started swaying.Her toes began to tap.She soon was grooving in her seatand rocking to the rap.My teacher changed her mind.She said it's now okayto bring my iPod into class.She takes it every day.

Requirements for anthology3
Requirements for Anthology

  • Must be 10 lines

  • Must send a message

  • Include an example of alliteration

    • The repetition of first sound in several words

    • Tongue twisters

    • Ex. Peter picked a pack of pickled peppers

Let s try it3
Let’s try it











Free verse poem
Free Verse Poem

  • Does not rhyme or have any structured meter

  • There is no pattern until the author creates one

  • You decide where to break your poem up, if at all

Ex a time to talk robert frost
Ex. A Time to TalkRobert Frost

When a friend calls to me from the road

And slows his horse to a meaning walk,

I don’t stand still and look around

On all the hills I haven’t hoed,

And shout from where I am, What is it?

No, not as there is a time to talk.

I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,

Blade-end up and five feet tall,

And plod: I go up to the stone wall

For a friendly visit.

Requirements for anthology4
Requirements for Anthology

  • 10 lines

  • Doesn’t have to rhyme

  • Use three examples of imagery

    • Show don’t tell

    • Ex. The clay oozed between his fingers

  • One example of personification

    • Giving human qualities to an object that isn’t human

    • Ex. The flowers danced

Let s try it4
Let’s try it











Concrete poem
Concrete Poem

  • Shape poetry, Visual poetry

  • The words are in the shape of the subject of the poem

    • The shape is just as important as the words

  • This is your chance to let your creativity shine

  • Can rhyme but doesn’t have to

Requirements for anthology5
Requirements for Anthology

  • Must be in the shape of the subject of your poem

  • Use color

  • Include one simile

    • Comparing two different things using “like” or “as”

    • Ex. Her eyes twinkle like stars

  • Include one metaphor

    • A type of analogy

    • Describing something by saying it is something else

    • Ex. All the world’s a stage

Let s try it5
Let’s try it

  • Start by drawing an outline of your subject so you know how much space you need to fill.