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RC 8th grade poetry

Introduction to 6 types of poetry and literary devices.

Rachel Usasz-Keber

on 11 August 2013

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RC Poetry
Well, he must o' thought that is quite a joke
And it got a lot of laughs from a' lots of folk,
It seems I had to fight my whole life through.
Some gal would giggle and I'd get red
And some guy'd laugh and I'd bust his head,
I tell ya, life ain't easy for a boy named "Sue."
Poetry Books
Two lines of verse, joined by rhyme, and forming a unit or pair (lines must connect to one another!).
Many songs (country, pop, rock, rap) use poetry to tell stories and invite emotions: Johnny Cash, Katy Perry, Toby Keith, Hunter Hayes, Bruno Mars.
Goals for our Poetry Unit:
1) Create and share six different
types of poetry
2) Learn and use six literary devices
3) Test and Poetry Slam
The old pond;
A frog jumps in -
The sound of the water.
Waves gently rolling,
Onto soft, grainy sand,
Taking back its own.
Just a little bite,
my single-minded purpose
brains, brains, brains, brains, brains.
John Deere parts I fetch
My planter needs a sprocket
We’ll have it Monday.
Structure (how to build a haiku)

Line 1- Max. 5 syllables
Line 2- Max. 7 syllables
Line 3- Max. 5 syllables


Does not rhyme!
A haiku allows the writer to create
an image from only a few syllables.
Create 3 haiku in page 3 of poetry book.
Use an onomatopoeia in 2 of the 3 haiku.

To get started:
Think of something natural (sunrise, leaves, a tomato) or a fun activity (jet skiing, eating broccoli, hunting, Angry Birds) and choose descriptive language to express the thing or activity.

Present 1 to class today!
(I'll be showing these to family
at parent-teacher conferences!)
To get started:
Create 2 acrostic poems in
poetry book.
Include 3 examples of alliteration.

How to start:
Think of a topic or a name- sunshine, Angus, quarterback, Huskers, dirt, John Deere.

Choose 1 to present
An acrostic poem is a type of poetry where the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a particular word or phrase.
Alliteration is the repetitive of the same letter or sound at the beginning of words within the same sentence.
A poem about poems

P erfectly mastered into a wad of crisp, rich
words, popping out in each sentence, exploding in your mouth. Poem.
O pening yourself up, expressing your true
emotions on a topic. Poem.
E ntering the next stanza or word, not knowing
what will come out until it happens and everybody is stunned from your true feeling that you just released. Poem.
M agnificent words, catastrophic rhymes; the
emotions mix together to make a magnificent, catastrophic, fiery poem. Poem.
C harolais, Angus, or Hereford,
either first year heifers O r cull cows,
W hen you own cows, you're in the money!
"I do not like green eggs and ham./ I do not like them, Sam I am"
The act of attributing human qualities to animals and inanimate objects (rocks, chairs, etc.).
Complete 3 couplets in poetry book.
Use 2 examples of personification.

Trouble rhyming? Consider easy
rhyming words that end with ed, ion,
tion, ing, or y.
Choose 1 to present
Create 1 ode in poetry book.
Include three metaphors.

To start:
Think of something cherished (life, parents,
best friend, mashed potatoes, pets, English!)
and why it/ he/ she is so great.

Be ready to present.
(2 days to prepare and practice)
Begin writing a slam and use at least
1 of each literary devices.

Trouble starting? Think of an event or person that has shaped your life (in either a positive or negative way) OR an issue that you feel is important.

Important! We will be sharing these with the class. Be comfortable enough with the material to share it aloud.
Test Prep:
The first half of the test will include multiple choice, T/F, and matching questions over the 6 types of poetry and 6 literary devices.

The second portion of the test is a poem presentation. After the test, each student presents a novel poem of whichever 6 types. The poem must use 4 of the 6 literary devices.

The presented poem will be written on construction paper and hung up.

Metaphors are meant to create an impact in the minds of readers. "He was sad" versus "He drowned in a sea of grief"
Metaphors suggest that two very different things are essentially the same
Odes were created by the Greeks. An ode is usually written about someone or something the poet admires or loves.

Odes follow different meters. Ours will follow
A B A B C D C D E F G G H H.
Ode To Spring

Oh ! Glorious Spring, how amazing you are a
You are both Truth's beauty and light b
You travel far a
Yet always remain bright b
Baby lambs greet you with a bleat c
Birds fly stretching their wings d
Lovers on a seat c
We are truly thankful for what you bring d
Spring never leave e
Oh but can I compare f
How I feel when you're near? g
Spreading your joy to those so dear g
Spring we celebrate your birth h
And we mourn each year you leave this Earth h
Oh Spring!
A poem's meter is its rhyming pattern. For 1 couplets, the meter would A A. A pair of couplets would have the meter of A A B B.
did you know about this collaboration thing?
we can build prezis together
Before 7 hours ago, I wasn't sure of Prezi's potential other than I knew it was cool.
Similes compare two dissimilar things with 'as' or 'like'. Similes add detail: "The poodle barked" versus "The poodle barked like a rabid wolf".
in terms of maintaining intellectual property, have you ever heard of creative commons?
it is a free, community driven copyright method
if you end up sharing things like this, you should at least stick a creative commons tag on it

and yeah, students would get a kick out of this i bet
A contradiction of terms: pretty ugly, bittersweet, industrial park, awkward good, growing short, good grief, working vacation, old news, plastic silverware, jumbo shrimp, dull roar, rolling stop.
Speakers use oxymorons for emphasis; they want the listen to think about what was said.
Concrete poetry (or shape poetry) is written in the shape of the topic.
Assignment: Create 2 concrete poems use 1 oxymoron in each.

Getting started: Keep the shape simple. Trace the outline and either surround or fill the shape with the words.

Present 1 to the class.

The beginning of each line 'echos' the end of the previous line. Create an echo by using a rhyme, repeating the first, middle, or end sound of a word, or reusing the same word.
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