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Genre Presentation - Poetry

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Carolyn Bernhardy

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Characteristics of Poetry
Well Known Authors in Poetry
An Example of Quality
Literature in Poetry

Imagery -
A vivid description in poetry. The author conveys sensory language to appeal to the senses.

"Mother Goose" -
Shel Silverstein
- "Where the Sidewalk Ends" & www.shelsilverstein.com
Ken Nesbitt
- "The Aliens Have Landed at Our School" & www.poetry4kids.com/
Dr. Seuss
- "Green Eggs and Ham" & www.seussville.com/
Jack Prelutsky
- "Awful Ogre's Awful Day" & http://jackprelutsky.com/

Well Known Authors
By Carolyn Bernhardy


July 16, 2014

Dawna Bybee
Shel Silverstein's
"Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too"

Exploring Poetry with the Common Core Standards. (2014). Poetry analysis: Casey at the bat. Retrieved from http://ccsspoetry.weebly.com/poetry-analysis.html

Lyons. (2014, February 10). [Poetry word play picture]. Retrieved from http://www.thattoheath.st-helens.sch.uk/blog/?p=1901

Mass Pictures. (2014). [Robert Frost quote and picture]. Retrieved from http://masspictures.netpoetry-quotes/robert-frost-poetry-quotes-poetry-is-when-


Mitchell, D. (2003).
Children's literature: An invitation to the world.
Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

Moreillon, J. (2003). Poetic devices. Retrieved from http://storytrail.com/poetry/poeticdevices_elementary.htm

Proteacher. (2010) Need Good poem or short story with a lot of sensory details. Retrieved from http://www.proteacher.net/discussions/showthread.php?t=293508

Silverstein, S. (2013). Animations: Where the sidewalk ends. Retrieved from http://www.shelsilverstein.com/books/#animations

Updike, J. (2012). September. Retrieved from http://rhinestonearmadillo.typepad.com/the_rhinestone_bookmark/2012/10/september-poem-by-john-updike.html

VanDerwater, A.L. (2011). Line breaks and white space in poems. Retrieved from http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com/2011/04/line-breaks-and-white-space-in-poems.html

Wolfe, J. (2014). Lesson: Rhythm and rhyme. Retrieved from http://betterlesson.com/community/lesson/13849/rhythm-and-rhyme
Poems can take us on a journey,
...tell us a story,
...share emotions,
...activate all five senses
...reveal magic in the world,
...and propel us to learn more!

Poetry is Boundless!!!
"The simple act of reading a poem aloud celebrates
words, sounds, language, and life" (Mitchell, p 143).
What’s a Poem?
"A whisper,
a shout,
thoughts turned
inside out.
A laugh,
a sigh,
an echo
passing by.
A rhythm,
a rhyme,
a moment
caught in time.
A moon,
A star,
a glimpse
of who you are."
—Charles Ghigna
by John Updike

The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel –
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Drying grass,
New books and blackboard
Chalk in class.
- The repetition of stressed and unstressed syllables. It gives poetry a flow or beat.
Drums & bass guitar are the rhythm section in music
stressed and unstressed syllables are the rhythm section in poetry.
Rhythm gives clues to the mood or sense of the poem.
Sensory Details
- Descriptive phrases or adjectives poets use to appeal to the senses.
Sound Devices
- Devices poets use to alter the sound of words in a poem.

- Words that imitate sounds. (Ex. Boom, hiss, & bang)
- Repitition of consonant sounds in the beginning of words. (Ex. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. Coca-Cola/ Bed, Bath, & Beyond)
- Repitition of similar consonant sounds in the middle or end of words. (Ex. Pi
/ "
Me, P
Me, T
Me Too")

- Repitition of similar vowel sounds in a word. (Ex. The r
n in Sp
n stays m
nly in the pl

Line Breaks & White Space
- are used to tell the reader where to pause and where to rush on to emphasize a certain meaning.
Line Breaks
- "The place where a poet chooses to end one line and begin another line" (VanDerwater, 2011).
White Space
- The area around the poem.
Four literary devices:
1. Alliteration
2. Assonance
3. Consonance
4. Rhyming

- A pattern of words with similar sounds repeated at the end of the line, every other line, the beginning and end, etc.
Casey at the Bat - by Ernest L. Thayer
The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that
The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to
And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the
A pall-like silence fell upon the patrons of the
Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss
u / u / u / u /
u / u / u / u /

Number of Syllables

She drank from a bottle called DRINK ME | | | | | | | | | 9

And up she grew so tall, | | | | | | 6

She ate from a plate called TASTE ME | | | | | | | | 8

And down she shrank so small. | | | | | | 6

And so she changed, while other folks | | | | | | | | 8

Never tried nothin’ at all. | | | | | | 6

ALICE by Shel Silverstein
Life Doesn’t Frighten Me - By Maya Angelou
Shadows on the wall
Noises down the hall
Life doesn’t frighten me at all
Bad dogs barking loud
Big ghosts in a cloud
Life doesn’t frighten me at all
Dragons breathing flame
On my counterpane
That doesn’t frighten me at all,

I go boo
Make them shoo
I make fun
Way they run
I won’t cry
So they fly
I just smile
They go wild
Life doesn’t frighten me at all.

Tough guys in a fight
All alone at night
Life doesn’t frighten me at all.
Panthers in the park
Strangers in the dark
No, they don’t frighten me at all.

That new classroom where
Boys all pull my hair
(Kissy little girls
With their hair in curls)
They don’t’ frighten me at all.

Don’t show me frogs and snakes
And listen for my scream,
If I’m afraid at all
It’s only in my dreams.

I’ve got a magic charm
That I keep up my sleeve,
I can walk the ocean floor
And never have to breathe.
Life doesn’t frighten me at all
Not at all
Not at all.
Life doesn’t’ frighten me at all.

- Words or phrases repeated for rhythmic pleasure & emphasis.
Ex. The line “life doesn’t frighten me at all” is used repeatedly in a Maya Angelou poem entitled "Life Doen't Frighten Me at All" to emphasize the speaker's fearlessness.
Figurative Language
- Nonliteral description techniques such as personification, metaphors, and similes. Poets use this language to clarify and / or intensify a point.
- Giving human qualities to things that are not human. (Ex. My computer hates me.)
- Figurative language can be found in
Maya Angelou's "Life Doesn't Frighten Me"

"When something
furry brushed
beside him,
Mousekin dove for cover.
Beneath a
sandy blanket
and safely out of sight,
Mousekin closed his eyes and slept" (Proteacher, 2010).
Mousekin Takes a Trip by Edna Miller
Poetry can enrich children's lives, make curricular come alive, and provide much needed emotional outlets. Poems are something that children can memorize, keep with them, and pull out whenever the need arises. Poetry is powerful in and out of the classroom.
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