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Computer shortcuts

  • “Click” – “shift click” selects all text between clicks

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  • Never work in an untitled document

  • Always save (name) your document at the beginning

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Make a professional gmail account
Make a professional gmail account

  • www. google.com

  • Click: gmail

  • Click: Create an account

  • Put in your real first and last name

  • type a Desired Login Name that is like your real name

  • Click: check availability

  • Add a meaningful number or period if necessary and try again until you find an available username

  • Review the suggestions under password strength

Make a security question
Make a security question

  • Such as… Write my own question

  • “Where do I go to High School”

  • Type in text in the box

  • I accept

  • Show me my account

Make a google doc document
Make a google doc (document)

  • Click: Documents

  • Remind me later

  • Create New -> Document

  • Type in in your full name and class period

  • Click “Untitled Document”

  • Rename it “your name and Poetic Elements”

  • eg. Roberto Salazar Poetic Elements

Share the google doc with your teacher
Share the google doc with your teacher

  • Click: share

  • Under “add People”

  • Type in: [email protected]

  • Leave as “Can edit”

  • Click share -> close

  • Make sure you know your password

Question of the day
Question of the Day

  • What is poetry?

  • In your google doc, describe what you think makes a poem a poem.

Stopping by woods on a snowy evening by robert frost page 741
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Eveningby Robert Frostpage 741

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound's the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

Question of the day1
Question of the day

  • What is poetry?

Poetic form
Poetic form

  • Last line rhymes

  • First word in each line is capitalized

  • Poetry is written in verse

  • Poetic Lines:

    • Each line is a phrase or sentence = end stopping

    • Sentence continues on the next line = enjambment

      End stopping:

      Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.

      Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.


      I think that I shall never see

      A poem lovely as a tree.

Why do poets use simile s metaphors and personification
Why do poets use simile’s, metaphors, and personification?

  • Simile: my love is like a rose

  • Metaphor: my love is a rose

  • Personification: the rose slapped me in the face


  • Abstract vs Concrete





    Can air knock down a house?

    Air is often used symbolically to represent spirituality because it cannot be seen, but it is necessary for life


Abstract vs concrete
Abstract vs concrete

  • Love?

  • A Rose?

  • Is love easy to understand or difficult to understand?

  • Is a rose easy to understand or difficult?

  • My love is like a rose.

  • Comparison helps make an abstract concept easier to understand


  • Easy to understand or difficult?

  • Do we take freedom for granted?

  • What concrete symbol helps us understand the abstract concept of freedom?

He came at me like a lion
“he came at me like a lion”

  • Abstract quality of bravery, ferociousness is understood

Figurative language
Figurative Language

  • Similes, metaphors, personification, hyperbole (exaggeration), understatement, irony – these are called “figures of speech” or “figurative language” and are not intended to be understood literally by the reader.

  • What is the effect of the use of figures of speech?

  • -add emphasis

  • - create clarity of meaning

  • - gives a freshness of expression

Sound devices
Sound devices

  • What are some sound devices used in poems?

  • rhymes?

  • Internal rhyme

  • Alliteration

  • Assonance

Purpose of poetry
Purpose of poetry

  • Look at something in a different way

  • Help the reader understand something new


  • In you google doc, explain why poets use simile’s, metaphors, and personification.

  • Explain why poems contain sound devices.

Much madness is divinest sense by emily dickinson page 456
Much Madness is divinest Senseby Emily dickinsonpage 456

  • Much madness is divinest sense —

  • To a discerning eye —

  • Much Sense — the starkest Madness —

  • ’Tis the majority

  • In this, as All, prevail —

  • Assent - and you are sane —

  • Demur —you ’re straightway dangerous —

  • And handled with a Chain —

Make frayer models for following words
Make frayer Models for following words


Rhyme Scheme

Internal slant

Eye Rhyme


Controlling images

Figurative language






In a station of the metro by ezra pound page 684
In a Station of the Metroby Ezra Poundpage 684

  • The apparition of these faces in the crowd;

  • Petals on a wet, black bough.

Write a short poem write in your google document
Write a short poem(write in your google document)


  • First line capitalized

  • Last lines rhyme (has a rhyme scheme)

  • Includes a comparison (simile, metaphor, personification)

  • Includes imagery (words used to describe something that can be seen, hear, touched, smelled, tasted)

  • Looks at the subject in a new way

  • Be creative – use your imagination

America simon and garfunkle
America – Simon and Garfunkle

  • Describe how the song uses imagery to tell a story

  • Narrative elements (tells a story)

  • Imagery

  • Diction – word choice

Begin writing a long narrative poem
Begin writing a long narrative poem

  • Create a new Google Doc

  • Rename the document “your name Narrative Poem”

  • 30 lines minimum

  • Written in verse

  • Narrative elements (tells a story)

  • Figurative language (comparisons – simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole)

  • Imagery – appeals to senses (sight, sound, smell, taste touch)

  • Diction (word choice) conveys a tone

  • Poetic elements – rhyme, verse, sound devices (alliteration, assonance, connance, onomatopoeia)

El paso by marty robbins
El Pasoby Marty Robbins

  • Ballad – poem, usually put to music, tells a story

  • Poetic elements:

    • Imagery

    • Figurative language

    • Details used to make the audience visualize the setting and action

Continue to work on your narrative poem
Continue to work on your Narrative Poem

  • Narrative Elements

    Poem tells a story and contains well defined character, setting, and conflict.

  • Figurative Language and Imagery

    Figurative language is varied and purposeful creates a strong image for the reader.

  • Diction/Word choice to convey tone

    Words are carefully chosen to effectively convey a specific tone.

  • Use of poetic elements and sound devices

    Poem includes several poetic elements such as rhyme, verse, sound devices with at least one element used effectively.

Question of the day2
Question of the day

  • How do poets express themselves?

Develop background knowledge to understand
Develop background knowledge to understand

  • Look up the following places and explain the significance of each

  • Austerlitz

  • Waterloo

  • Gettysburg

  • Ypres

  • Verdun

Grass by carl sandburg page 732
Grassby Carl Sandburgpage 732

  • Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo,

  • Shovel them under and let me work--

  • I am the grass; I cover all.

  • And pile them high at Gettysburg

  • And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun.

  • Shovel them under and let me work.

  • Two years, ten years, and passengers ask the conductor:

  • What place is this?

  • Where are we now?

  • I am the grass.

  • Let me work.

Open ended question
Open ended question

  • Answer in your spiral

  • What is one theme of “Grass.” Use evidence from the text to support your response.

  • Write 3 sentences in your response.

  • In “Grass” by Carl Sandburg, [explain what you think the theme is]. In line [ ] the poet mentions “[your quotation here].” In other words [make a reasonable inference here].

  • Do not use the brackets [ ] in your response.

Question of the day3
Question of the day

  • How do poems tell a story?

Finish your narrative poem today
Finish your narrative poem today

  • Complete the Reflective Cover Page

In your google doc
In your google doc

  • Highlight your poem in the following way:

  • Figurative language GREEN (similes, metaphors, personification)

  • Imagery BLUE (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch)

  • Sound Devices LIGHT RED (alliteration, assonance, onomatopoeia, rhyme, onomatopoeia)

  • Tone words YELLOW (if you used a different word your poem would not be as good).

Question of the day4
Question of the day

  • What does a reader have to do to understand a poem?

The new colossus by emma lazarus
The New Colossusby Emma Lazarus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, 

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

 Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

 A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

 Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

 Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

 Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

 The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

 "Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she

 With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,

 Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

 The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

 Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

 I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Have students work in groups to find 3 facts about each of the following
Have students work in groups to find 3 facts about each of the following:

  • The colossus at Rhodes

  • History of The Statue of Liberty

  • How to visit the Statue of Liberty

  • Ellis Island

  • The seven wonders of the Ancient World

  • Sonnets

  • Allusions

  • Greek myths

  • Etymology of the word “Colossus”

  • Colossus computer

Make frayer models for the following terms
Make the following:Frayer Models for the following terms

  • Imagery

  • Allusion

  • Myth

  • poetic form

  • rhyme scheme

  • Sonnet

In your spiral
In your spiral the following:

  • 1 What class activity helped you to understand the poem “The New Colossus”?

  • 2 Explain what allusion is being made in the poem.

Question of the day5
Question of the day the following:

  • What must a reader have to do to understand a poem?

If we must dye by claude mckay page 823
If we must dye the following:by Claude McKaypage 823

If we must die, let it not be like hogsHunted and penned in an inglorious spot,While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,Making their mock at our accursed lot.If we must die, O let us nobly die,So that our precious blood may not be shedIn vain; then even the monsters we defyShall be constrained to honor us though dead!O kinsmen we must meet the common foe!Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,And for their thousand blows deal one deathblow!What though before us lies the open grave?Like men we'll face the murderous, cowardly pack,Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!

In your spiral open ended question
In your spiral – open ended question the following:

  • Explain how the rhyme scheme is used in a sonnet. Use evidence from the text to support your answer.

Test over literary elements
Test over the following:literary elements