My Poems!
Powerpoint by Mr. Manley
Poem Templates by Keith Polette
My Poems!
Today, we are going to start a ten day
poetry unit. In this unit, you will read at
least one poem a day and writ...
How am I graded?
You will write a total of eight poems. Each poem
is worth ten points. Here’s what I want:







Poe...
Build a burrito book
Concrete Poems
Make a prediction – what do you think a
concrete poem is?
A concrete poem is a poem in which the words take...
“l(a” by e.e. cummings
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af
fa
ll
s)
one
l
iness
Two More
A
Fir
tree
makes
a great
Christmas
t
r
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e

Arrow
t
h
e
I always hit

m
a

r
k
How do I do it?
1) Use your burrito books to write your final

draft. You may use your journal first to get
your ideas out...
Example
Music






Moving
Melodious
Magical
Melancholy
My favorite

Use at least one poetic element:
Alliteration
On...
Diamante
What do you think a diamante is?
A diamante is a poem in the shape of a
diamond that uses specific parts of
speec...
Diamante Pattern
Noun
Adjective noun
Three describing words (-ing words, present participles)
Four describing words (-ed w...
Example 1
Rapunzel
morose maiden
looking longing languishing
disgusted disgruntled dejected demoted
waits wishes and wants...
Example 2
Wolf
corybantic canine
bullying blustering bellowing
determined destructive devious dangerous
hunts haunts and h...
Example 3
Kenny
nervous naïve
reading regretting running away
bashful battered bruised
loves and laughs
Brother
Diamante Pattern- Follow the
pattern
Noun
Adjective noun
Three describing words (-ing words, present participles)
Four des...
Cinquain
What do you think a cinquain is?

A cinquain is a five line poem. The word
for five in French is cinq!
Wish upon a poem
We have all wished we were something
else, real or make believe. For your
cinquain, you will write about ...
“Cinderella”
I wish I were
A princess
At a royal ball
Dancing a waltz
Gliding and spinning perfectly.
“Ogre”
I wish I were
An opera singer
On opening night
Singing on the stage
Each note pitched perfectly
Big Bad Wolf
I wish I were
A race car driver
At the Indy 500
Revving my engine, peeling out, winning first
place
In my car...
“Mr. Manley”
I wish I were
A photographer
Deep in the darkened jungle
Peering through the vines, snapping my
shutter
At a ...
“Sunday Morning” poem
Something surprising happens in the novel
on a Sunday morning. Write a poem that
begins “On a Sunday...
Example
One minute after midnight
black is the dominant color.
One minute after midnight
spiders spin webs of dreams.
One ...
Example – using SENSORY
IMAGERY
One minute after midnight,
a fly buzzes in a frosted window.
One minute after midnight,
fl...
Example – Using RHYME
One minute after midnight,
the moon is shining bright.
One minute after midnight,
we just turned out...
Adverb Poem
Adverbs are often overlooked by many
writers when they first put pen to paper.
Here’s a pattern poem that invi...
Adverb Poem Pattern
Adverb
Adverb
Adverb
Article + Noun
Verb
Noun+prepositional phrase
“The Weaver”
Humbly,
Wretchedly,
Desperately,
The weaver
Pleads
To the greedy king.
“Snow White”
Silently,
Serenely,
Somnolently,
The maiden
Sleeps
For years and years.
“The Fisherman”
Patiently,
Placidly,
Peacefully,
The fisherman
Plunks
A worm into the fishin’ hole.
Write Two
Prewriting: For the adverb poem, pick two
people. Write their names in your journal.
Under their names, write on...
Prewriting
Coraline
Journey
Inquisitively
Inexplicably
Insightfully

Novelist
• Writes
• Methodically
• Magically
• Myster...
“The Novelist”
Methodically,
Mysteriously,
Magically,
The novelist
Weaves a tapestry of words.
“Coraline”
Inquisitively,
Insightfully,
Inexplicably,
Coraline
Journeys
Into another dimension.
Txt Msg Poem
Write a poem in the form of a TXT MSG
from one character to another. Use as few
letters as possible and use n...
Ex:
From: red riding hood
To: 3 pigs
Just met a wolf 2dayLots o T-th, 2 many 2 countHope yr build’n strong housesB alert! ...
Ex:
From: wolf
To: 3 pigs
Saw yr 1st 2 housesIs that the best u can do?
Just 8 but still hungryLungs ready 4 work!
C u 2mo...
Ex:
From: Other Mother
To: Coraline
Got 2 buttonsShiny, ready 4 UNeedles sharp as scalpelsLv da cat at homeHe b vermin. >=...
Ex:
From: Coraline
To: Other Mother
Yo Othr MthrLet’s play a gameSouls r hidden in yr houseBut I no where!!
I B COMIN’ 4 U...
Syllable Poem
For this poem, each line has a specific number of
syllables. The idea is to choose words that are
precise in...
Examples
Bats!
Dark flockTogether
In the night sky.
Twist, flutter, and fly!

Frog
Green prince
With two
Webbed back feet....
Examples
Troll
Fuming
WrathfullyWishing that goats
Had never been born.
Persuasive Letter Poem
Prewriting: Think of a few characters from
books or stories you have read. Think of
the problems th...
Prewriting, Part 2.
List 5-10 people to whom this character could write
for help.
EX: a close friend, another wizard, a do...
Drafting
State the problem followed by reasons 1, 2,
and 3 that would persuade the recipient to
help the main character. E...
Example
(from HP to Sideshow Sam)
Dear Sideshow Sam,
I need your help.
I need to get past
A three-headed dog.
I thought yo...
Continued…
If
You can help me,
You can have the three-headed dog here.
I know a three-headed dog will attract
More people ...
Revise – change weak nouns and verbs and add
powerful phrases/clauses

Dear Sideshow Sam,
I read in Bark n’ Bite magazine
...
Continued…
Such a beast is barring me from exploring
The belly of Hogwarts School.
If you capture the beast,
You’ll be bar...
Continued…
Second, imagine
The money you’d be able to make!
After only three years of displaying the
Three-headed beast, y...
Finishing up…
What are you waiting for? The sooner you
Collect the fiendish hound that blocks me,
The sooner you’ll start ...
Assessment
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

7.

The poem is persuasive.
The poem has a claim and three reasons.
The poem contains concre...
Set up this chart on your ticket:
Strong
Verbs

Vivid
Adjectives

Poetic
Devices

Rhyme
Scheme
As you read “The Eagle,” fill out
your chart.
“The Eagle” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
...
Pre-writing: Imitation Poem
Pick an animal that you know many facts
about. List what you know about its:
1. Habitat
2. Die...
Write two stanzas like
Tennyson’s
Stanza 1: Tell what the animal is doing and
where it is.
Stanza 2: Describe some aspect ...
“The Argument of His Book”
Create this chart on your new ticket:
Unknown
Words

Concrete
Nouns

Alliteration

Rhyme
Scheme
“The Argument of His Book”
I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds, and bowers,
Of April, May, of June, and July flowers.
I s...
Imitate
Prewriting: Make a list of all the things you
could “sing about” or celebrate.
Rough Draft: Write a one-stanza poe...
“The Argument
of Mr. Manley’s Song”
I sing of newly-wedded bliss,
I sing of my maiden’s tender kiss.
I sing of bright and ...
“The Argument of My Song”
I sing of the bubblegum I chew.
I sing of summer vacations away from school.
I sing of new tenni...
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My poems!

  1. 1. My Poems! Powerpoint by Mr. Manley Poem Templates by Keith Polette
  2. 2. My Poems! Today, we are going to start a ten day poetry unit. In this unit, you will read at least one poem a day and write a poem a day. You will create a burrito book today and begin writing poems.
  3. 3. How am I graded? You will write a total of eight poems. Each poem is worth ten points. Here’s what I want:      Poem follows the template. Poem uses poetic elements and figurative language. Poem is free of errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics. Illustrated Presented neatly
  4. 4. Build a burrito book
  5. 5. Concrete Poems Make a prediction – what do you think a concrete poem is? A concrete poem is a poem in which the words take the shape of the subject. Let’s look at some!
  6. 6. “l(a” by e.e. cummings l(a le af fa ll s) one l iness
  7. 7. Two More A Fir tree makes a great Christmas t r e e Arrow t h e I always hit m a r k
  8. 8. How do I do it? 1) Use your burrito books to write your final draft. You may use your journal first to get your ideas out. 2) List some details about a shape. 3) Write a very short poem, no more than four lines about that shape. 4) Rearrange the words so that they fit in the shape of the object you are writing about.
  9. 9. Example Music      Moving Melodious Magical Melancholy My favorite Use at least one poetic element: Alliteration Onomatopoeia Rhyme Simile Metaphor
  10. 10. Diamante What do you think a diamante is? A diamante is a poem in the shape of a diamond that uses specific parts of speech. The words progress from short lines to long lines and back to short lines.
  11. 11. Diamante Pattern Noun Adjective noun Three describing words (-ing words, present participles) Four describing words (-ed words, past participles if possible) Three present tense verbs Noun (synonym for the first noun)
  12. 12. Example 1 Rapunzel morose maiden looking longing languishing disgusted disgruntled dejected demoted waits wishes and wants Daughter
  13. 13. Example 2 Wolf corybantic canine bullying blustering bellowing determined destructive devious dangerous hunts haunts and hungers Carnivore
  14. 14. Example 3 Kenny nervous naïve reading regretting running away bashful battered bruised loves and laughs Brother
  15. 15. Diamante Pattern- Follow the pattern Noun Adjective noun Three describing words (-ing words, present participles) Four describing words (-ed words, past participles if possible) Three present tense verbs Noun (synonym for the first noun) Try to use ALLITERATION in your poem to bring it to life.
  16. 16. Cinquain What do you think a cinquain is? A cinquain is a five line poem. The word for five in French is cinq!
  17. 17. Wish upon a poem We have all wished we were something else, real or make believe. For your cinquain, you will write about a wish. Line 1: “I wish I were” Line 2: who you would like to be Line 3: Where you would like to be (prepositional phrase) Line 4: What you would like to be doing using an –ing word Line 5: How would you be doing it
  18. 18. “Cinderella” I wish I were A princess At a royal ball Dancing a waltz Gliding and spinning perfectly.
  19. 19. “Ogre” I wish I were An opera singer On opening night Singing on the stage Each note pitched perfectly
  20. 20. Big Bad Wolf I wish I were A race car driver At the Indy 500 Revving my engine, peeling out, winning first place In my car named the pork-mobile.
  21. 21. “Mr. Manley” I wish I were A photographer Deep in the darkened jungle Peering through the vines, snapping my shutter At a Bird of Paradise
  22. 22. “Sunday Morning” poem Something surprising happens in the novel on a Sunday morning. Write a poem that begins “On a Sunday Morning.” 5 couplets long What do you think a couplet is?
  23. 23. Example One minute after midnight black is the dominant color. One minute after midnight spiders spin webs of dreams. One minute after midnight owls hoot and haunt thick forests. One minute after midnight stars begin to people-gaze. One minute after midnight words dance in books while authors sleep.
  24. 24. Example – using SENSORY IMAGERY One minute after midnight, a fly buzzes in a frosted window. One minute after midnight, floorboards creak – who’s there? One minute after midnight, grandfather clocks tick-tock like metronomes. One minute after midnight, grandma snores and shakes the cottage. One minute after midnight, I am still awake.
  25. 25. Example – Using RHYME One minute after midnight, the moon is shining bright. One minute after midnight, we just turned out the light. One minute after midnight, my dreams are soaring kites. One minute after midnight, owls hoot and coyotes howl. One minute after midnight, the morning is closer now.
  26. 26. Adverb Poem Adverbs are often overlooked by many writers when they first put pen to paper. Here’s a pattern poem that invites you to use adverbs to write about a favorite character, person, or job.
  27. 27. Adverb Poem Pattern Adverb Adverb Adverb Article + Noun Verb Noun+prepositional phrase
  28. 28. “The Weaver” Humbly, Wretchedly, Desperately, The weaver Pleads To the greedy king.
  29. 29. “Snow White” Silently, Serenely, Somnolently, The maiden Sleeps For years and years.
  30. 30. “The Fisherman” Patiently, Placidly, Peacefully, The fisherman Plunks A worm into the fishin’ hole.
  31. 31. Write Two Prewriting: For the adverb poem, pick two people. Write their names in your journal. Under their names, write one verb that you associate with the character. Then, write 3 adverbs to go with it. After that, the poem is a piece of cake.
  32. 32. Prewriting Coraline Journey Inquisitively Inexplicably Insightfully Novelist • Writes • Methodically • Magically • Mysteriously
  33. 33. “The Novelist” Methodically, Mysteriously, Magically, The novelist Weaves a tapestry of words.
  34. 34. “Coraline” Inquisitively, Insightfully, Inexplicably, Coraline Journeys Into another dimension.
  35. 35. Txt Msg Poem Write a poem in the form of a TXT MSG from one character to another. Use as few letters as possible and use numbers in place of words. Spelling doesn’t count (just this one time:) MUST CONTAIN FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE (Simile, Metaphor, Personification)
  36. 36. Ex: From: red riding hood To: 3 pigs Just met a wolf 2dayLots o T-th, 2 many 2 countHope yr build’n strong housesB alert! Hungry as a shark Heading yo way :/
  37. 37. Ex: From: wolf To: 3 pigs Saw yr 1st 2 housesIs that the best u can do? Just 8 but still hungryLungs ready 4 work! C u 2morrow >=)
  38. 38. Ex: From: Other Mother To: Coraline Got 2 buttonsShiny, ready 4 UNeedles sharp as scalpelsLv da cat at homeHe b vermin. >=(
  39. 39. Ex: From: Coraline To: Other Mother Yo Othr MthrLet’s play a gameSouls r hidden in yr houseBut I no where!! I B COMIN’ 4 U. ;)
  40. 40. Syllable Poem For this poem, each line has a specific number of syllables. The idea is to choose words that are precise in their syllabic count and their ability to communicate your ideas. Pattern: 1 syllable 2 syl. 3 syl. 4 syl. 5 syl.
  41. 41. Examples Bats! Dark flockTogether In the night sky. Twist, flutter, and fly! Frog Green prince With two Webbed back feet. He longs for lips And a magic kiss.
  42. 42. Examples Troll Fuming WrathfullyWishing that goats Had never been born.
  43. 43. Persuasive Letter Poem Prewriting: Think of a few characters from books or stories you have read. Think of the problems these characters have to overcome. Choose one character and a problem the character has. EX: Harry Potter wants to get past Cerberus, the three-headed dog.
  44. 44. Prewriting, Part 2. List 5-10 people to whom this character could write for help. EX: a close friend, another wizard, a dog catcher. Circle one person, then think of ways your main character might persuade this person to come and help solve the problem. List 5-10 reasons.
  45. 45. Drafting State the problem followed by reasons 1, 2, and 3 that would persuade the recipient to help the main character. End with a concluding sentence, one that wraps up or restates the idea in the first sentence.
  46. 46. Example (from HP to Sideshow Sam) Dear Sideshow Sam, I need your help. I need to get past A three-headed dog. I thought you could Help me because You are good with dogs. I read in the paper that Your two-tailed dog ran away From your sideshow.
  47. 47. Continued… If You can help me, You can have the three-headed dog here. I know a three-headed dog will attract More people to your show. I know you will make more Money With a three-headed dog And become famous! Please help All barked out, Harry Potter
  48. 48. Revise – change weak nouns and verbs and add powerful phrases/clauses Dear Sideshow Sam, I read in Bark n’ Bite magazine That your two-tailed dog escaped from your sideshow. I’m sorry for your bad dog luck, but I may Be able to help. How would you Like a three-headed dog? I know where you Can get your mitts on one!
  49. 49. Continued… Such a beast is barring me from exploring The belly of Hogwarts School. If you capture the beast, You’ll be barkin’ happy! First, if you had a three-headed dog, You’d have the most popular Attraction at your carnival. People would be Frothing at the mouth just to get a gander at such a creature.
  50. 50. Continued… Second, imagine The money you’d be able to make! After only three years of displaying the Three-headed beast, you’d be able to make enough money to retire and live a yaphappy life. Fame would be a bone you could chew on for years and years!
  51. 51. Finishing up… What are you waiting for? The sooner you Collect the fiendish hound that blocks me, The sooner you’ll start living in dog heaven! Sincerely, Harry Potter
  52. 52. Assessment 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. The poem is persuasive. The poem has a claim and three reasons. The poem contains concrete, specific language. Phrases and clauses are used effectively. Transition words are used effectively. Ideas and images in the poem fit together. GUM errors have been avoided.
  53. 53. Set up this chart on your ticket: Strong Verbs Vivid Adjectives Poetic Devices Rhyme Scheme
  54. 54. As you read “The Eagle,” fill out your chart. “The Eagle” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson He clasps the crag with crooked hands; Close to the sun in lonely lands, Ringed with the azure world, he stands. The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls, He watches from his mountain walls, And like a thunderbolt he falls.
  55. 55. Pre-writing: Imitation Poem Pick an animal that you know many facts about. List what you know about its: 1. Habitat 2. Diet 3. Attributes 4. Enemies 5. Actions 6. Life span
  56. 56. Write two stanzas like Tennyson’s Stanza 1: Tell what the animal is doing and where it is. Stanza 2: Describe some aspect of the animal’s world and tell what the animal does. Challenge! Follow the AAA BBB rhyme scheme.
  57. 57. “The Argument of His Book” Create this chart on your new ticket: Unknown Words Concrete Nouns Alliteration Rhyme Scheme
  58. 58. “The Argument of His Book” I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds, and bowers, Of April, May, of June, and July flowers. I sing of Maypoles, hock cars, wassails, wakes, Of bridegrooms, bridges, and of their bridal cakes. I write of youth, of love, and have access By these to sing of cleanly wantonness. I sing of dews, of rains, and piece by piece Of balm, of oil, of spice, and ambergris. I sing of times trans-shifting, and I write How roses first came red and lilies white…
  59. 59. Imitate Prewriting: Make a list of all the things you could “sing about” or celebrate. Rough Draft: Write a one-stanza poem (8-10 lines) that imitates his style. Begin each line with “I sing of,” “I celebrate,” or “I write of.” End with “I sing of these things and one day hope to have them all.”
  60. 60. “The Argument of Mr. Manley’s Song” I sing of newly-wedded bliss, I sing of my maiden’s tender kiss. I sing of bright and colorful tunes, I sing of fast-approaching June. I sing of learning, knowledge, mirth, I sing of love and its natural worth. I sing of mountains, looming tall, I sing of these things and one day hope to have them all.
  61. 61. “The Argument of My Song” I sing of the bubblegum I chew. I sing of summer vacations away from school. I sing of new tennis shoes on my feet. I sing of tadpoles becoming frogs. I sing of cats in cardboard boxes. I sing of roller-coaster rides. I sing of polar bears in the snow. I sing of whales swimming in the ocean. I sing of these things and one day hope to have them all.

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