Found “in the school” Poems and Renga Poems

DP #48: One Word

Write down one word. Whatever comes to your mind.

That’s it!  Short daily prompt today.

Today, we’re going to do a gallery walk of our Found poetry from around the school and have a class discussion. I’m excited to see what the class created!


Okay, let’s play with Renga poetry the remainder of the hour.  Renga poetry, which originated in Japan hundreds of years ago, is all about collaborative writing.  You will each start your own renga poem in your notebooks, then pass it around for others to add on to.  The spirit of renga poetry is in getting inspired by each other’s words.

Here we go!

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STEP ONE: In your own notebooks, write the first stanza of a renga poem.

Requirements:
*3 Lines
*Total of 17 syllables

Example:
Sniffle, sniffle, cough:
A class symphony,
Performed with noses and mouths

Take five minutes.

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STEP TWO: Pass your notebooks clockwise within your small groups.

Read the first stanza of the poem in the notebook in front of you.

Write the second stanza of the poem.

Requirements:
*2 Lines
*Each line is 7 syllables (total of 14 syllables)

Example:
One timid musician starts,
Her nose a runny fountain.

Take five minutes.

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STEP THREE: Pass your notebooks clockwise within your small groups.

Read the first and second stanza of the poem in the notebook in front of you.

Write the third stanza of the poem.

Requirements:
*3 Lines
*Total of 17 syllables

Example:
A more brazen boy follows,
His nose a trumpet,
Daring to be heard.

Take five minutes.

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STEP FOUR: Pass your notebooks clockwise within your small groups.

Read the first three stanzas of the poem in the notebook in front of you.

Write the fourth stanza of the poem.

Requirements:
*2 Lines
*Each line is 7 syllables (total of 14 syllables)

Example:
Several join in the chorus,
Coughing and sniffling with might.

Take five minutes.

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Renga poetry can go back and forth as long as you wish.  Eventually though, it needs a clear ending with a couplet.

 

Don’t forget your important homework assignment: bring an item from home for “Show and Tell” tomorrow. It can be ANYTHING (school-appropriate, of course).

Found (around the school) Poetry

DP #47: Acrostic Poems

A highly structured poem is the acrostic.  Take a word, write it vertically, and then use the letters to form lines.  Here’s an example from my blog: Your Teacher Writes Too.

Play around for ten minutes.

 

Hi folks! Have fun today taking the words you gathered from around the school and turning them into a poem. Get artsy and crafty and turn your poem into a work of art! Feel free to use the supplies in the classroom (just kindly clean the mess when you are done).

We are sharing tomorrow!

“Found” around the school

DP #46: What’d you do?

Take three minutes and write down what you did this weekend.

Today, we are going to be taking a walking tour of the school so you can create a “Found” poem. Take photos and jot down words and phrases and punctuation that catches your eye.

When we return, you will be writing a poem created from the words you have collected.

Tomorrow you will be turning your poem into art. Be sure to bring some art supplies to share!

How to Read a Poem

DP #43: Catharsis

Write about what happened over the weekend or whatever else is floating around your mind.   🙂

Write for seven minutes.

Folks, to kick off our December focus on poetry, we’re going to read about how to read a poem.  Sounds goofy, I know.  🙂

The article is long, so each table will be reading a section of it, discussing it, then sharing back to the class.  We’ll end by analyzing the poem, “The Red Wheelbarrow” together.

Before you leave, I’d like to read you a poem so can carry some inspiration with you on your day.

 

Novel Excerpt Due

Hi folks! You have the hour to do the following:

  • Post your novel excerpt on your blog
  • Open Google Classroom, click on the assignment, “Novel Excerpt (Summative Assessment),” fill out the top half of the rubric, then click “Turn In.”
  • Read other people’s blogs and post comments

Whatever you don’t finish is due by midnight Sunday night.

Happy writing!

 

NaNoWriMo Rubric and Survey

Hi folks! Today, I’d like each of you (if you haven’t already) take this survey from NaNoWriMo. They want to know your thoughts!

Click here for survey.

I’d also like to go over the rubric. Remember that you need to post on your blog first, then fill out the top half of the rubric (on Google Classroom) and click ‘Turn In.’

Use the rest of the time to work on your excerpt!

 

Novel Excerpt: Unleash the Inner Editor!

DP #42: Story Starter

After a long, hard day of work, you return home—the only problem is, your front door is wide open, all your lights are on and there’s a sword stuck in the ceiling. The rest of your house looks normal, but you also notice several holes dug in your backyard. What’s going on?

Write for ten minutes.

 

Today you are going to self-edit your work using your inner editor. On pages 82-84 of your workbook, it has activities to complete to ensure your excerpt (and novel as a whole) is in the best shape it can be.

Happy self-editing!  Tomorrow, we will be Lab 300 so we can review the rubric on Google Classroom and get you working electronically on your pieces.

Novel Excerpt Self-editing

DP #41: Story Starter

One day you come into work and find a cookie mysteriously placed on your desk. Grateful to whoever left this anonymous cookie, you eat it. The next morning you come in and find another cookie. This continues for months until one day a different object is left–and this time there’s a note.

Write for ten minutes.

 

Today you are going to self-edit your work by completing the activities on pages 77-81.

Happy self-editing!  Tomorrow, you will do some “clean up” with your draft.

Novel Excerpt Peer-editing

DP #40: Story Starter

You’ve stumbled across a time machine. Where do you decide to travel?

Write for seven minutes.

 

Today you are going to be sharing your novel excerpt with a peer of your choosing. To do so, you need a hard copy of your excerpt and your NaNoWriMo notebook.

Flip to page 72 so we can review protocol for today’s peer editing.

Give your workbook to your partner and have them flip to pages 75-76. Have them fill out this information as they read. When they’re done, you’ll have their notes and feedback in your own notebook.

Happy editing!