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Poetry. What Makes Poetry Different?. Poetry Booklet. Creative Project By the end of this Poetry Unit, students will create a 14-poem “Poetry Booklet” Includes: Title Page Table of Contents 14 Poems (typed or neatly rewritten) Catchy Titles Colorful Illustrations.

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Poetry booklet
Poetry Booklet

  • Creative Project

    • By the end of this Poetry Unit, students will create a 14-poem “Poetry Booklet”

      • Includes:

        • Title Page

        • Table of Contents

        • 14 Poems (typed or neatly rewritten)

          • Catchy Titles

          • Colorful Illustrations

Poetry booklet table of contents
Poetry Booklet Table of Contents:

  • Diamante(handout from 5th Grade Bible textbook p. 115 “Strong to Gentle”)

  • Haiku(3 lines about nature, 5-7-5 syllables, make with construction paper)

  • Concrete(make shape with words and letters w/o using lines or drawings)

  • Lyric – Best Friend(4 lines, rhyme ABAB)

  • Lyric – Favorite Food(4 lines, rhyme ABAB)

  • I Am(handout)

  • Bio(handout)

  • Abuelito Who(handout)

  • Robert Frost’s Trickery(handout)

  • Shel Silverstein’s Look-a-Like – “Using Humor to Teach a Lesson”(examples on PowerPoint, a 20-line poem that teaches a message/moral/lesson in a humorous way

  • Alliteration (“tongue twister,” words start with same sound)

  • Onomatopoeia (sound effects)

  • Spiritual (15 lines free verse)

  • Free Verse Wild Card = choose your favorite poem that you have written that is not one of the above poems

Poetry booklet reminders
Poetry Booklet Reminders

Includes 14 Poems:

  • Diamante 6. I Am 11. Shel Silverstein

  • Haiku 7. Bio 12. Alliteration

  • Concrete 8. Abuelito Who 13. Onomatopoeia

  • Lyric: Friend 9. Spiritual 14. Wild Card

  • Lyric: Food 10. Robert Frost’s Trickery

  • Add titles to each poem.

  • Remember to write the page number at the bottom of each page and next to each poem listed in the “Table of Contents.”

  • Draw colorful illustrations on each poem’s page.

  • Write your name on the front cover.

Poetry booklet template
Poetry Booklet Template



Poetry booklet template1
Poetry Booklet Template

  • Print or neatly rewrite the “Cover” and the “Table of Contents.”

  • Fold 4 pieces of 8.5” x 11” paper in half.

  • Use a long stapler to staple in the middle crease of the page to create the binding.

1 diamante poem
#1 Diamante Poem

  • Structure = allows writers to explore relationships between opposites

    • e.g. good vs. evil, patient vs. hot-tempered, David vs. Goliath, strong vs. gentle

  • Challenge: Write a diamante poem that begins with the word “strong” and ends with the word “gentle”

Diamante format
Diamante Format


  • LINE 2: _______ & _______2 ADJ. ABOUT LINE 1

  • LINE 3: _______, _______, _______3 –ING VERBS ABOUT LINE 1

  • LINE 4: _______&_______; _______&_______2 NOUNS ABOUT LINE 1; 2 NOUNS ABOUT LINE 7

  • LINE 5: _______, _______, _______3 –ING VERBS ABOUT LINE 1

  • LINE 6: _______& _______2 ADJ. ABOUT LINE 1


2 haiku
#2 Haiku

  • A traditional form of Japanese poetry

  • Always has 3 lines and 17 syllables

    • 1st line = 5 syllables

    • 2nd line = 7 syllables

    • 3rd line = 5 syllables

  • Example

    The lightning crashes (5)

    Upon expectant earlobes (7)

    Making babies cry (5)

A haiku is
A Haiku is . . .

  • Haiku is a Japanese verse form that relies on brevity and simplicity to convey its message.

  • It features 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables.

  • A haiku frequently includes natural images or themes.

  • First written in the 17th century, it is based on a Zen Buddhist philosophy of simplicity and the idea of perfection that excludes the extraneous.

Haiku examples
Haiku Examples

Morning light appears (5)

The new day has awoken (7)

Nature stirs and sighs (5)

As the setting sun

Melts below the horizon,

Stars applaud her bow


Haiku: Take 1 (Rough Draft)

  • The bees are buzzing.

  • Beautiful flowers are here.

  • The flowers smell good.

    Haiku: Take 2--Try, Try Again (Final Draft)

  • Stinging bees buzzing

  • Beautiful flowers found here

  • Sweet, scented fragrance

Transform your haiku
Transform Your Haiku

  • Eliminate Being Verbs (is/are/was/were)

  • Add Action Verbs (e.g. –ing words)

  • Use Articles Sparingly (e.g. a/an/the)

  • Use Descriptive Adjectives

  • Utilize Metaphors (“the sun, a ball of fire”)

How to make my haiku
How to Make My Haiku

  • Write 5 rough draft haikus

    • Pick a nature topic

    • Remember your syllables: 5/7/5

  • Then pick your 1 favorite

  • Use construction paper to make the shape of the theme of your haiku (e.g. lightning bolts, clouds, rain, tsunami, flowers, trees, plants, mountains, ocean waves, etc.)

  • Then, using your best printing or cursive, rewrite your favorite haiku on your shape

3 concrete poem
#3 Concrete Poem

  • The shape of the poem suggests its subject

  • The poet arranges the letters, words, and lines to create a visual image

Concrete poem examples








Concrete Poem Examples

The scarlet letter on a printer with no color


Can be is the

Evil. Great

It can Gift and

Move the

Weaker very

Hearts worst

To a Horror.

False, Cheating, Adulterous, and Unfaithful

Passion. Lovers

An will

Untrue destroy

Love dreams.

Will hurt Never

Most Trust

Deeply. Again.



Springing from

An eternal source

My tears flow forth

Blue droplets of pain

Each more lonely

Than the next

A waterfall of hurt

Takes a suicidal leap












From my eyes

To the earth below

Sp l a t t e r i n g

The same ground you walk on

Which is where

My weeping ways wallow

Freely floundering at your feet


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o m

b i

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v n

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b b

o m

4 5 lyric poetry
#4-5 Lyric Poetry

  • Expresses a poet’s thoughts and feelings about a single image or idea

  • Use sensory images to create impressions (sight, sound, touch, taste, smell)

  • Written in vivid, musical language

  • Examples

    • “Washed in Silver” – James Stephens

    • “I’m Nobody” – Emily Dickinson

    • “Me” – Walter de la Mare

    • “Song of Myself” – Walt Whitman

Washed in silver james stephens
“Washed in Silver” – James Stephens

Gleaming in silver are the hills,

Blazing in silver is the sea,

And a silvery radiance spills

Where the moon drives royally.

Clad in silver tissue I

March magnificently by.

I m nobody emily dickinson
“I’m Nobody” – Emily Dickinson

I'm nobody! Who are you?

I'm nobody! Who are you?Are you nobody, too?Then there's a pair of us -- don't tell!They'd banish -- you know!How dreary to be somebody!How public like a frogTo tell one's name the livelong dayTo an admiring bog!

Me walter de la mare
“Me” – Walter de la Mare

As long as I live

I shall always be

My Self - and no other,

Just me.

Like a tree.

Like a willow or elder,

An aspen a thorn,

Or a cypress forlorn.

Like a flower,

For its hour

A primrose, a pink,

Or a violet –

Sunned by the sun,

And with dewdrops wet.

Always just me.

Lyric poetry examples

"Bus Stop“

-Donald Justice

Lights are burningIn quiet roomsWhere lives go onResembling ours.

The quiet livesThat follow us --These lives we leadBut do not own --

Stand in the rainSo quietlyWhen we are gone,So quietly . . .

And the last busComes letting darkUmbrellas out --Black flowers, black flowers.

And lives go on.And lives go onLike sudden lightsAt street corners

Or like the lightsIn quiet roomsLeft on for hours,

Burning, burning.

“The Planet of Mars”

-Shel Silverstein

On the planet of Mars

They have clothes just like ours,

And they have the same shoes and same laces,

And they have the same charms and same graces,

And they have the same heads and same faces...

But not in the

Very same


Lyric Poetry Examples

“A Red, Red Rose”

-Scotsman Robert Burns

O my luve's like a red, red rose

That's newly sprung in June:

O my luve's like the melodie,

That's sweetly play'd in tune.

“You’ve Got That Thing”

-Cole Porter

Your fetching physique is hardly unique,You're mentally not so hot;You'll never win laurels because of your morals,But I'll tell you what you've got . . .

Sample format
Sample Format

  • Total of 4 lines

    • 1 stanza of 4 lines each

Make your own lyric poem
Make Your Own Lyric Poem

Topic #1 = Favorite Food (fill-in bubbles with sensory words)



Favorite Food = ______________




Next step
Next Step

  • Now use your sensory words as a word bank to help you write a lyric poem about your favorite food.


    _________________ (a)

    _________________ (b)

    _________________ (a)

    _________________ (b)

Make your own lyric poem take 2
Make Your Own Lyric Poem Take 2

Topic #2 = Best Friend (fill-in bubbles with sensory words)



Best Friend = ______________




Next step1
Next Step

  • Now use your sensory words as a word bank to help you write a lyric poem about your best friend.


    _________________ (a)

    _________________ (b)

    _________________ (a)

    _________________ (b)

I am poem
“I Am” Poem


  • I am happy, yet I feel so alone

  • I see people I used to know, looking right through me

  • I hear music, but I know it’s just inside my head

  • I see a strange face in the mirror

  • I pretend that I am in love

  • I feel the weight of the world pulling me down

  • I touch your smile as it fades into memory

  • I worry that I can’t do anything right

  • I understand that you’re my only hope

  • I dream of something more, filling my empty tears

  • I try to speak my mind, but something holds me back

  • I am happy, yet I feel so alone

I am poem1
“I Am” Poem


  • I am a great musical performer

  • I see myself playing in front of large audiences

  • I hear many glorious tunes blending together

  • I see myself performing in recitals

  • I pretend that I am playing in the Hollywood Bowl

  • I feel the sounds of great classical music

  • I touch the smooth strings of a cello

  • I worry about messing up someday

  • I understand how to make it someday

  • I dream of many good wishes coming true

  • I try to do my very best

  • I am a great musical performer

I am poem2
“I Am” Poem


  • I am an American

  • I see my country’s flag

  • I hear patriotic music

  • I see the red, white, and blue

  • I pretend to be a U.S. Marine

  • I feel pride in my country

  • I touch American soil

  • I worry about war

  • I understand that people have died for my country

  • I dream of world peace

  • I try to make my country a better place to live

  • I am an American

Write your own i am poem
Write Your Own “I Am” Poem

write your name here


  • I am . . .

  • I see . . .

  • I hear . . .

  • I see . . .

  • I pretend . . .

  • I feel . . .

  • I touch . . .

  • I worry . . .

  • I understand . . .

  • I dream . . .

  • I try . . .

  • I am . . .

These lines will be the same.

8 abuelito who
#8 Abuelito Who

  • Similes

    • Often use “like” or “as”

    • “Students pounced upon the extra Krispy Kreme doughnuts like a starved lion upon an unsuspecting carcass.”

  • Metaphors

    • Often use “is/was” or “are/were”

    • “LeBron James was an airplane, preparing for takeoff to dunk the ball on the twin towers: Tim Duncan and David Robinson.”

Abuelito who sandra cisneros
Abuelito Who” – Sandra Cisneros

9 robert frost s trickery
#9 Robert Frost’s Trickery

  • Trick #1

    • Count Syllables

  • Trick #2

    • Pick a Rhyme Scheme

Robert frost s trickery
Robert Frost’s Trickery

  • Trick #1

    • Count Syllables

      • Frost used 9 syllables in the 1st line and + or – 1 syllable for all other lines in the poem

  • Trick #2

    • Pick a Rhyme Scheme

      • Frost used an A-B-A-A-B rhyme scheme in each of his 4 stanzas

Your tricky challenge
Your Tricky Challenge

  • Write a 20-line poem on a topic of your choice. (4 stanzas of 5 lines each)

  • Use 9 syllables in your first line, add or subtract 1 syllable for all other lines of the poem. (e.g. if your first line has 9 syllables then all other lines need to have 8, 9, or 10 syllables)

  • Use an A-B-A-A-B rhyme scheme.

10 shel silverstein s look a like
#10 Shel Silverstein’s Look-a-Like


  • "I cannot go to school today,"

  • Said little Peggy Ann McKay.

  • "I have the measles and the mumps,

  • A gash, a rash and purple bumps.

  • My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,

  • I'm going blind in my right eye.

  • My tonsils are as big as rocks,

  • I've counted sixteen chicken pox


  • And there's one more--that's seventeen,

  • And don't you think my face looks green?

  • My leg is cut--my eyes are blue--

  • It might be instamatic flu.

  • I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,

  • I'm sure that my left leg is broke--

  • My hip hurts when I move my chin,

  • My belly button's caving in,


  • My back is wrenched, my ankle's sprained,

  • My 'pendix pains each time it rains.

  • My nose is cold, my toes are numb.

  • I have a sliver in my thumb.

  • My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,

  • I hardly whisper when I speak.

  • My tongue is filling up my mouth,


  • I think my hair is falling out.

  • My elbow's bent, my spine ain't straight,

  • My temperature is one-o-eight.

  • My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,

  • There is a hole inside my ear.

  • I have a hangnail, and my heart is--what?

  • What's that? What's that you say?

  • You say today is. . .Saturday?

  • G'bye, I'm going out to play!"

Shel silverstein
Shel Silverstein

Birth Name: Sheldon Allan SilversteinDate of Birth: Sept. 25, 1930Place of Birth: ChicagoDate of Death: Weekend of May 8, 1999Place of Death: Key West, FL

Shel silverstein s trickery
Shel Silverstein’s Trickery

1. Irony/Sense of Humor

* Irony = 1. The use of words to express something different to and often opposite from what they mean literally. Referring to a mess as “a pretty sight” is an example of irony. 2. A conflict between what might be expected and what actually occurs: “We noted the irony that the boy who always complained about the cold weather became a famous skier.”

2. Teaches a Lesson/Makes a Point

Baseball bloopers tyler nichols
Baseball Bloopers-Tyler Nichols

We were winning

Nine to eight

When tiny Spencer

Stepped up to the plate

An easy out

We thought it would be

But Spencer knew

He would hit pitch number three

An infield pop-up

Headed straight for Katkov

But Evan waved his hand

“It’s mine so back off”

The ball hit the ground

Between Coby and Evan

Kyle jumped in the middle

The crowd roared, “Heave it to number eleven


He threw the ball to Thomas

But it flew under his knee

By the time Tanner grabbed it

Spencer rounded base three

Tanner sailed the ball to Steven

But it bounced in the dirt

As Spencer took a dive for home

Steven tagged him on the shirt

As Spencer lay sprawled on the plate

Steven jumped into the air

But when he opened his mitt

The ball was not there

Homework machine by shel silverstein
Homework Machine – by Shel Silverstein

The Homework Machine , oh the Homework Machine,

Most perfect contraption that’s ever been seen.

Just put in your homework, then drop in a dime,

Snap on the switch, and in ten seconds time,


Your homework comes out, quick and clean as can be.

Here it is – “nine plus four?” and the answer is “three.”


Oh me…

I guess it’s not as perfect

As I thought it would be. 

Shel silverstein s trickery1
Shel Silverstein’s Trickery

1. Irony/Sense of Humor

* Irony = 1. The use of words to express something different to and often opposite from what they mean literally. Referring to a mess as “a pretty sight” is an example of irony. 2. A conflict between what might be expected and what actually occurs: “We noted the irony that the boy who always complained about the cold weather became a famous skier.”

2. Teaches a Lesson/Makes a Point

11 alliteration


  • Sounds at the beginning of words are repeated (usually in the same line)

  • “Full Fathom Five” by Billy Shakespeare

    IN CLICHES . . .

  • sweet smell of success

  • a dime a dozen

  • bigger and better

  • jump for joy

Tongue twisters
Tongue Twisters

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers;

A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked;

If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,

Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

More tongue twisters
More Tongue Twisters

  • A big black bug bit a big brown bear, and the big brown bear bled blood.

  • Peggy Babcock packages bags and boxes of mixed biscuits.

  • Freshly fried flying fish is freshly fried fresh flesh.

  • Fritz Fisher fishes fresh fish or fresh fish are fished by Fritz fisher.

Even more tongue twisters
Even More Tongue Twisters

  • Bobby blew and blew bright blue bubbles until breathing, blowing, breathing, blowing, behold... Bobby became a bubble, too!

  • Fred fed Ted bread and Ted fed Fred bread.

  • Many ananemone sees anenemy anemone.

  • Many a mini-anemone mines anenemy mini-anemone.

Alliteration in literature
Alliteration in Literature

Robert Frost – “The Death of the Hired Man”

  • Mary sat musing on the lamp-flame at the tableWaiting for Warren. When she heard his step . . .

    Edwin Markham's “Lincoln, the Man of the People”

  • She left the Heaven of Heroes and came down

    To make a man to meet the mortal need A man to match the mountains and the sea The friendly welcome of the wayside well

    WORDSWORTH . . .

  • And sings a solitary song

  • That whistles in the wind.

Now it s your turn
Now it’s your turn . . .

  • Write a tongue twister using the following letter for your alliterations:

  • S

  • T

  • R

  • N

  • L

  • J

Next up
Next Up?

  • Write a 10-line poem about a family member

  • Use 3 examples of alliteration in your poem

Write a headline poem
Write a Headline Poem

  • Create a headline poem using words that you have cut out from magazines and/or newspapers. The poem must:

    • contain at least 25 words

    • be written in complete sentences with correct punctuation

    • stick to one central theme

    • contain at least three clear examples of alliteration

12 onomatopoeia
#12 Onomatopoeia

  • a word that imitates the sound it represents


  • e.g. splash, wow, gush, kerplunk, buzz, crash, whirr, clang, hiss, purr, squeak, mumble, hush, boom


  • "tinkling" sleigh bells; "clanging" fire bells; mellow "chiming“ wedding bells; "tolling," "moaning," and "groaning" funeral bells.


  • Such sound devices bring out the full flavor of words. Comparison and association are sometimes strengthened by syllables which imitate or reproduce the sounds they describe.


The rusty spigotsputters,uttersa splutter,spatters a smattering of drops,gashes wider;slash,splatters,scatters,spurts,finally stops sputteringand plash!gushes rushes splashesclear water dashes.-- Eve Merriam


  • The formation or use of words that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions to which they refer

  • the imitation of natural sounds in word form

  • a.k.a. type of word that sounds like the thing it is describing

    • e.g. “buzz” or “murmur”

    • "The fly buzzed past."

    • He clattered and clanged as he washed the dishes."

  • Old Batman TV Show

    • “pow” “bang” “clash”

Onomatopoeia describes them.

  • Illustrate something in nature that makes sound

    • e.g. waterfall, thunder, earthquake, hurricane, chirping bird, hail

  • Splash the sound across your picture by using sound-effect words

13s p i r i t u a l
#13S describes them. PIRITUAL

“Outside On A Starry Night” -- Elaine Hardt

  • Where do you start on a journey of faith?Start outside on a dark, clear night.Stand on tiptoe and stretch to the skyLook up at the bright starry sight.

  • See worlds in orbit and suns aflame;Pause to consider their faraway light.No mere chance, their place up so high;God created them -- and you -- by His might.

  • Give God the glory for His greatness,To honor Him is only right.Reflection reveals His handiwork,Our Father speaks from the lofty height,

  • Not only in His vast creation --He has given His Word to men;Rejoice, give thanks for amazing graceAnd enjoy a starry night again.

Today irene sharp
“TODAY” – Irene Sharp describes them.

Give me . . .

ears that hear my brother's cry,

eyes that see his need,

feet that bear me to his side,

hands that heal and feed,

And over and above--

filled to overflowing--

a heart that gives him love.


Love bade me welcome george herbert 1593 1633
“LOVE BADE ME WELCOME” describes them. – George Herbert [1593-1633]

Love bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back,

Guilty of dust and sin.

But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack

From my first entrance in,

Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning

If I lacked anything.

"A guest," I answered, "worthy to be here."

Love said, "You shall be he."

"I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear,

I cannot look on Thee."

Love took my hand, and smiling, did reply,

"Who made the eyes but I?“

"Truth, Lord, but I have marred them: let my shame

Go where it doth deserve."

"And know you not," says Love, "who bore the blame?"

"My dear, then I will serve."

"You must sit down," says Love, "and taste my meat."

So I did sit and eat.


God s will for you and me irene sharp
“GOD'S WILL FOR YOU AND ME” –Irene Sharp describes them.

Just to be tender, just to be true,

Just to be glad the whole day through,

Just to be merciful, just to be mild,

Just to be trustful as a child,

Just to be gentle and kind and sweet,

Just to be helpful with willing feet,

Just to be cheery when things go wrong,

Just to drive sadness away with a song,

Whether the hour is dark or bright,

Just to be loyal to God and right,

Just to believe that God knows best,

Just in His promises ever to rest—

Just to let love be our daily key,

That is God's will for you and me.


Prayer of st francis
Prayer of St. Francis describes them.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love;where there is injury, pardon;where there is doubt, faith;where there is despair, hope;where there is darkness, light;where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.



SERENITY PRAYER describes them. God grant me the serenity to Accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And the Wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking as He did, this World as it is, Not as I would have it.

Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His will; That I may be reasonably happy in this life And supremely happy with Him, Forever in the next. —Reinhold Neibuhr (1926)



S describes them. PIRITUAL

14 free verse wild card
#14 Free Verse Wild Card describes them.

  • For the last poem in your Poetry Booklet, choose one of your favorite poems that you have ever written.

    • any topic

    • any format or style

    • rhyming or non-rhyming