Renga and Found Poems

DP #46: Renga Poetry

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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Return your four stanza renga poem back to its original owner.

 

For the remainder of the hour, you are going to finish your Found poems, crafted from words you found in the school.

At the very end of class, we’ll do a gallery walk to view each other’s poetry.

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Final Poetry Assignment and NaPoWriMo Awards

DP #44: Free Verse

Today, write for ten minutes about how you’re feeling right now. As you do, consider how you can craft these feelings into a free verse poem. Consider sharing with the class.


Today, I would like to honor the following seven students for completing NaPoWriMo2017: 30 poems in 30 days. What an incredible accomplishment!

2nd hour
Aislinn Bell

4th hour
Elise Payne
Morgan Talmage
Rachel Rotay

6th hour
Sarah Arnold
Jacqueline Burant
Zoe Yanik

Former Student
Emilee Watson

I also want to talk to you about your next summative assessment due this Sunday by midnight: a poem with a writer’s reflection.

Use the remainder of the hour to look through your notebook to determine which poem you’d like to work on and post this Friday. You can also create an entirely new one.

Don’t forget tomorrow is our Chalk Poetry Day! Be sure to bring an original poem you wish to turn into chalk art. If you have chalk, please bring it as well.

Blackout Poetry

Daily Prompt #5: Inspired by Literature

Listen as I read to you a little haiku.

After I’m done, write a response to it. What did you you visualize as you listened? Is there a hidden story within it? Does it remind you of anything? Explore what the poem got you thinking about it.

Write for seven minutes.

 

Alright, folks! We’re going to have some fun with blackout poetry today. I’ve got copies of pages from some famous books. Let’s recreate something from them!

Found Poetry

Daily Prompt #4: Writing from a Word

FOUND.
Write for five minutes (no stopping) about whatever comes to mind after seeing this word.  Don’t over think.  Just write.

 

What is Found poetry?

Here are some samples:

Sample #1

Sample #2

Sample #3

Even cooler! Here are some samples from students:

Midnight Thoughts

From The Mysterious Affair at Styles, by Agatha Christie, pg. 240

Winter’s Hand

As you can see, there are many ways to create Found poetry.


 

Now for the fun part.  I have a bunch of old magazines and books in the back of the classroom.

Go and make your own Found poetry on your notebook covers (or on the inside cover if you prefer)!

Consider taking a picture of your poetry.  You might want to post it on the blog you’ll be creating in the next couple of weeks!

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!

———————————————————————————————————————-

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.

———————————————————————————————————————-

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.

———————————————————————————————————————–

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.

————————————————————————————————————————-

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 Poetry

Daily Prompt #4: Writing from a Word

FOUND.
Write for five minutes (no stopping) about whatever comes to mind after seeing this word.  Don’t over think.  Just write.

 

What is Found poetry?

Here are some samples:

Sample #1

Sample #2

Sample #3

Even cooler! Here are some samples from students last year:

Midnight Thoughts

From The Mysterious Affair at Styles, by Agatha Christie, pg. 240

Winter’s Hand

As you can see, there are many ways to create Found poetry.


 

Now for the fun part.  I have a bunch of old magazines and books in the back of the classroom.

Go and make your own Found poetry on your notebook covers (or on the inside cover if you prefer)!  I have contact paper for you to cover your notebooks when you’re done if you’d like.

Consider taking a picture of your poetry.  You might want to post it on the blog you’ll be creating in the next couple of weeks!