If you are a dreamer, come in, If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer... If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire For we have some flax-golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in! Invitation
Introduction to Shel Silverstein
Born in Chicago on Sept. 25, 1930
A truly unique and multi-faceted artist, Shel Silverstein was a renowned poet, playwright, illustrator, screenwriter, and songwriter.
Stated off by drawing adult cartoons.
Wrote songs for popular classic artists such as “The Cover of the Rolling Stones” for Doctor Hook and “A Boy Named Sue” for Johnny Cash.
Never intended to write children’s works, but in 1964 he published his first work, “The Giving Tree”.
About The Book
There are 127 poems in the book.
Common themes are: mishaps, advice, adventure, friendship, and memory.
The poems are very enjoyable and easy to read.
Possible Types of Poems These are structures that students can use to help make poetry writing a little easier.
Different Types of Poems
Stabbing, shooting, killing
Vietnam, Iran, U.S., Japan
Living, relaxing, singing
A noun opposite of the noun in the last line.
Write 2 words describing line one.
Write 3 words relating to the noun ending in “–ing” or “-ed”.
Write 2 nouns that relate to line 1 and 2 words that relate to line 7.
Write 3 words that end in “-ing” or “-ed” that relate to line 7.
Write two words describing the noun in line 7.
Write the noun that is opposite of line one.
Puckering, puffing, blowing
Write one subject.
Use 2 ADJ to describe it.
Write 3 descriptive action words.
Make a short statement.
End with a synonym that is imaginative.
Brisk spring and fall air
New Colors glance in my hair
As I watch in awe.
Limericks are five line poems that are almost always humorous. The first two and the last line rhyme and are longer than the second two rhyming lines. This poem usually tells a silly story.
Seven poetry is fun and crazy. It tells about seven events, one by one in a rhyming fashion.