Day #8: Limericks

DP #29: Poem of the Day

Read the poem of the day thoughtfully. Then, write a response to it. Your response can be an explanation of what it means, a focus on a particular line you like, or it could be the inspiration for your own creative response in the form of a poem, story, or memory. The key is to let the poem inspire you to write.

Take ten minutes. Be prepared to share with the class.

 

 

This week’s focus in on highly structured poetry.  To help you write one, we’re going to discuss how rhythm, meter, and rhyme affect a poem.

Now, try your hand at writing a highly structured poem called a limerick.

The general structure is this:

5 lines (1st, 2nd, and 5th are longer, 3rd and 4th are shorter)

Rhythm: anapestic

Ryhme Scheme: aabba

Often humorous and bawdy (but don’t have to be)

 

Here’s one I wrote.

It’s not easy.  Take a stab at it.  When you get it right, transfer it into your poem book and consider posting it on your blog!

 

Idea for tomorrow: 

Write a poem (free, found, concrete, or limerick) that shares the emotions you feel about testing (either before or after the test).

 

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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!

 

Poetry Slam

Hi folks!  Today, we’re going to enjoy good food and good company as we share each other’s work.  Some of you will be recorded and preserved on our blog as a way to commemorate this year’s National Poetry Month.

I will also be congratulating those of you who accomplished the large task of writing a poem a day (30 poems!) for this month’s NaPoWriMo.  A big shout-out goes to:

  • Jessica B
  • The Sarcastic Scribe
  • Kimmcub16
  • Marvel Varietal
  • Parasailed
  • Aayliah
  • aphprincess
  • The Imagination Kid
  • The Polish Toddler
  • Lester Jester

 

 

Blogging Day

Hi folks!  You have lots of options today.  Here they are:

  • NaPoWriMo: National Poetry Writing Month.  Join me as I take on the challenge of writing and posting 30 poems in 30 days.  Click here to submit your blog and earn a prize for completing this lofty goal!  The challenge begins TODAY.
  • Inspired by an Image: post a link in Tuesday’s post comments to your unique interpretation of this week’s image.
  • Creative Communications Poetry Contest: submit a poem to this contest (very easy to do) and your work may be published in a collection of poems.  Deadline: April 16th.  I would LOVE to see everyone submit.
  • 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month: read this list for ideas you might want to try out over break!
  • Poetry Games: learn how to write a number of types of poems.
  • Make someone’s day: read and comment on each other’s work!

Have a fantastic break, everyone!

Inspired by Images

Daily Prompt

WN #28: Spring Break

Get it out of your system.  Freewrite for five minutes about the topic, exploring what you will be doing, what you hope to be doing, and if you’re looking forward to it or not.

 

Students, April is National Poetry Month.  In this class, there will be many wonderful ways to get involved and celebrate the art of poetry.  Here are some highlights:

NaPoWriMo: National Poetry Writing Month.  Join me as I take on the challenge of writing and posting 30 poems in 30 days.  Click here to submit your blog and earn a prize for completing this lofty goal!  The challenge begins this Wednesday, April 1st.

Creative Communications Poetry Contest: submit a poem to this contest (very easy to do) and your work may be published in a collection of poems.  Deadline: April 16th.  I would LOVE to see everyone submit.

Dear Poet: we will be watching current poets read their work and then emailing them our thoughts in letter form. Some students’ letters (emails) will be answered by the poets and shared on Poets.org in May.

Poetry Slam: April 30th, we will have a poetry celebration in our class where we will share our own work while enjoying good food and good conversation.  For those willing, we will videotape the poetry reading and post it on our class blog for future students to watch and learn from.

30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month:  here’s a list of different ways to celebrate.  Some of these we will do in class; others you may wish to try on your own!


Okay, for today’s lesson.  This week, we’re all going to write on one image so we can truly appreciate all the unique ways we can interpret the same subject.

Here’s the image:

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Write down everything you see.  Don’t interpret yet.  Just make observations.

 

Everyone share out.

 

Now, write down some interpretations.  What’s going on?  What’s the story here?

 

Write for a full ten minutes.

 

Share out.

 

Tomorrow, you will have time to start crafting a more polished piece inspired by this image.