Poetry Summative Blog Post Due

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

  • Post your poems and reflection on your blog.
  • Open Google Classroom, click on the assignment, “Poetry (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 tonight.

Happy blogging!



Final Poetry Assignment

DP #48: Acrostic

Try your hand at writing an acrostic poem.

Take ten minutes.

Today, you have the hour to work on your summative poetry blog post.

Tomorrow, you will be posting your chosen poem with reflection on your blog and then reading your peers’ poetry.

Happy writing!


Poetic Forms: the Sonnet

DP #47: Catharsis

Welcome back! Take ten minutes to write about your break and whatever else is on your mind.


Today, you’re going to try your hand at writing a sonnet, arguably the most popular form of poetry in the world.  There are several types, but we’re going to focus on the ever-popular Shakespearean sonnet.

Here’s a handout to help guide you through the process. Take the rest of the hour to try writing one.

Happy writing!

Before you leave, I want to share with you the summative poetry blog post you will be submitting this Friday.

You will have tomorrow to work on it.


Poetry: Oulipo and Concrete

DP #46: Oulipo Poems

I want you to try your hand at writing a oulipo poem. These are some of my favorite forms. Here’s how you do it: you start with a line that is one word long, then you write a line that is two words long, then you write a line that is three words long, and so on. The poem can be as long as you like. Here are some I’ve written.

Play around for fifteen minutes.

Use the remainder of the hour to write what is called a concrete poem. It’s a poem whose visual structure represents the content in some way. Here are some examples.   You may create one in your notebook or use plain paper. You might consider making some holiday-themed ones.

As always, happy writing!

Poetry: Haiku and Tanka

Daily Prompt #45:  Abecedarian

I want you to try your hand at writing an Abecedarian poem.  These poems use the alphabet to start every line.  Here’s one I wrote.  

Take fifteen minutes.

Today, you’re going to practice writing haiku and tanka poems. These poems come from ancient Japan and place an emphasis on brevity, often focusing on a single image. The key is to remember the following structure for each:

Haiku: click here for samples on my blog.

They are always three lines long and follow this syllabic structure:

5 – 7 -5

This means the first line has five syllables, the second line has seven syllables, and the third line has five syllables.


Tanka: click for samples on my blog.

They are always three lines long and follow this syllabic structure:

5 – 7 -5 – 7 – 7

Use the remainder of the hour to write several haiku and tanka. Consider creating a collection tied by a similar theme or image. Maybe the holidays?

Feel free to re-explore the other forms we tried out last week too!


Poetic Forms: Terza Rima and Cinquains

Daily Prompt #44: Terza Rima

Terza Rima is a poetic rhyme structure used by the famous poet, Dante Alighieri.  Terza stands for “three” which means every stanza is comprised of three lines.  The key is that the stanzas created are interlocked by their rhyme pattern.

aba bcb cdc ded efe

Take ten minutes and try crafting a few lines using this format.  If you enjoy it, use class time today to craft a well-polished piece.

Today, you’re going to try your hand at writing a cinquain.  Can you guess how many lines it is?

Here’s the format:

5 lines

Most common rhyme schemes: ababb, abaab or abccb.

Pretty straightforward, and you can play around with the rhyme scheme.  Take, for example, Edgar Allen Poe’s cinquain, “To Helen:”

Helen, thy beauty is to me
Like those Nicean barks of yore,
That gently, o’er a perfumed sea,
The weary, way-worn wanderer bore
To his own native shore.

Here’s one I wrote.

As always, have fun writing!