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Poetry Scavenger Hunt WebQuest

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on 13 October 2013

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Poetry Scavenger Hunt WebQuest

As we have studied in class, you can find examples of poetry in many different kinds of writing. Poetry can be found in stories, song lyrics, and even news articles. For this activity, you are going to be a detective who will decipher some clues about famous poets and their poetry. As you work through this task, you will look up the information needed to solve the case. To finish your task, you will need to know the name of an excellent poet, titles to some of his/her poems, and what figurative language techniques are found in those poems.

Step 1: Using your own knowledge or the web site provided to write down the definition for the following terms:


•Simile •Metaphor •Rhyme
•Personification •Hyperbole •Alliteration
•Ballad •Rhythm •Onomatopoeia
•Haiku •Free verse •Imagery

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Once you have completed your presentation, make sure that you send a copy to my Prezi account if you used your own account to create the presentation.

We will be reviewing your presentations in class.
This activity was designed to finish out our poetry unit. In this online scavenger hunt, you will be searching for specific facts about poems and poets as well as using some of your own knowledge to answer questions. For this assignment, you will be using some things that you have already learned and combining that knowledge with new concepts.
Step 2: Visit the following websites, and read the poems listed below. As you read the poems, use the graphic organizer to list all the above poetry terms that apply to each poem along with an explanation of why that term fits with the poem. Also jot down two or three interesting pieces of information about each poet.

a. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poem.html?id=177021
Mother to Son by Langston Hughes
Read the poet information at this site by clicking on "more."

b. http://www.famouspeoplebiographyguide.com/famous-poets/shel-silverstein/Alliteration-Poems-By-Shel-Silverstein.html
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Read about Shel Silverstein by exploring the links before the poem.

Step 2 Continued
c. http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/as-soon-as-fred-gets-out-of-bed/
As Soon as Fred Gets Out of Bed by Jack Prelutsky
Read about Jack Prelutsky by clicking on biography under his name.

d. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poem.html?id=176315
Catch a Little Rhyme by Eve Merriam
Read about Eve Merriam by clicking "more" under her picture.

Step 2 Continued
e. http://www.whitmanarchive.org/published/LG/1891/poems/19
I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman
Read about Walt Whitman on this web site:

f. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poem.html?id=179690
Tree by Nikki Grimes
Read about Nikki Grimes by clicking "more."

g. http://potw.org/archive/potw85.html
The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes
Read about Alfred Noyes by visiting the web site:

Step 3
Select one of the poets above to do further research. Use the Internet to search for information and poems for the poet you select. Find at least four poems by your poet.

**Using Prezi, create a presentation for the poet that you selected and include:

•biographical information about your poet, including a photo and birth/death dates

•some poems by your poet

•your own explanation of what you think one of the poems means

**Write two of your own original poems to include in your presentation. These poems can be in the form of any TWO of the following:
Sonnet Shape Poem
Limerick Sestina
Haiku Cinquain

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