Hint: this is not participating!
All participation points must
be earned in class
You will earn some points in teams during discussion.
You will earn some points in teams for reading your original
You will earn some points in teams during vocabulary games
You will earn some points for attending writers’ workshops
There may be other opportunities to earn points.
If you are not in class, you cannot earn points.
We will often use teams to
earn participation points.
Your teams can be made
up of 3 or 4 people.
The teams will remain the same through the
discussion, reading, workshops, and vocabulary
of one project.
You must change at least 50% of your team after
each project is completed.
You may never be on a team with the same
person more than twice.
You may never have a new team composed of
more than 50% of any prior team.
Points will be earned Answers,
for correct answers
questions must be
posed in a manner
contributions to the
discussion, and the
willingness to share
your work. Each
who speak out of
team will track their
turn or with
own points, but
cheating leads to
not receive points
death (or loss of 25
participation points). for their teams.
Sit near your team
members in class to
facilitate ease of
At the end of each
class, you will turn in a
point sheet with the
names of everyone in
your group and your
for the day.
It is your responsibility
to make the sheet,
track the points, and
turn it in.
Get into groups of
three or four. (1-2
If you can’t find a
group, please raise
Once your groups is
one person to be the
keeper of the points.
Turn in your sheet at
the end of the class
In your groups: 5-6 minutes
Review the first five vocabulary words.
Be prepared to offer definitions
Read your Haiku to each other.
Identify the conventions you used in your haiku
Prepare one or two to read aloud to the class
6. Blank verse
A line of poetry or prose in unrhymed iambic pentameter.
Shakespeare's sonnets, Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost,
and Robert Frost's meditative poems such as "Birches"
include many lines of blank verse. Here are the opening
blank verse lines of "Birches": When I see birches bend to
left and right / Across the lines of straighter darker trees, /
I like to think some boy's been swinging them.
The measured pattern of rhythmic accents in poems. An
iamb is an example of meter.
A comparison between essentially unlike things
without an explicitly comparative word such as like or
as. An example is "My love is a red, red rose.”
A figure of speech involving a comparison between
unlike things using like, as, or as though. An example:
"My love is like a red, red rose."
Blank verse is a form of poetry, obviously. What sets
it apart from all the other forms is that blank verse
does not rhyme. The meter is usually iambic (a
pattern of unstressed syllables followed by
stressed), and pentameter ( a line consisting of five
feet). A line of blank verse would go like this:
Detroit Detroit Detroit Detroit Detroit
I watch the rolling hills fly by my eyes
Though, technically, all lines are supposed to be
exactly iambic, sometimes it doesn't want to quite
work out that way.
Scansion is the act of marking a poem to show
the metrical units of which it is composed. It
means any attempt, by signs, to indicate the
beat of a line of poetry and to mark off the
division of feet.
Each team will scan one verse of the poem
“Mending Wall.” When you are done, write it on
the white board. (5-7 minutes)
1. Read the verse out loud and see if you notice a particular rhythm in
your first reading.
2. Count the number of syllables in each line, and write that number at
the end of the line. Do you see a pattern in the number of syllables?
3. Put an accent mark (/) over any syllables that absolutely have to be
stressed. The way you can figure this out is by trying to say the word
several times, each time exaggerating a different syllable. ("AR-tist"
or "ar-TIST”). Put a "u" over the unstressed syllables.
4. Once you see a pattern (for example, unstressed, unstressed,
stressed; unstressed, unstressed, stressed . . . ), mark a vertical line
between each unit of the pattern. Those are your "feet.”
5. Read the poem aloud again, this time really accentuating the words
you have marked as "stressed." Does it sound right?
6. Count how many feet each line has. It will probably be one of these:
Monometer (one foot), Dimeter (two feet), Trimeter (three feet),
Tetrameter (four feet), Pentameter (five feet), or Hexameter (six
7. Copy your scanned verse onto the board.
Hearing Colors: A poem in blank verse
Pick a color to write about.
Then, assign qualities to your color. I know this is a stretch, but try
to imagine the color with your other senses.
These qualities will help you connect your color to abstract
ideas and events and describe it through alternative mediums.
Soft or hard
Wet or dry
Big or little
Loud or quiet
Natural or man-made
Smooth or textured
Happy or sad
Hot or cold
Dense or porous
Spring fall summer or winter
Thick or thin
Slippery or sticky
Inside or outside
Funny or serious
Old or new
Cheap or expensive
Plain or ornate
Common or uncommon
Casual or formal
Energetic or relaxed
Realistic or fantastic
Strong or frail
Questions to consider in
writing Verse One
If your color were music, what kind would it be?
Who would play it and where would you hear it?
Which song would it be?
Why or how does this music reflect your color?
The color red is the shameless, sexy
Salsa rhythm of racy Cubanos
And Puertorriqueños; fast Timba—drum
Beats: passionate, hungry, fervent, alive.
If your color were dance it would be which?
Who would dance it and where would you see it
Describe the movements of the dance.
Why is this dance like your color?
If your color were a smell, it would be which?
Where would you smell it?
What does it remind you of?
How is this smell like your color?
If your color were a food it would be which?
Where and when would you eat it?
How does it taste?
How does it remind you of your color?
If your color were an event it would be which?
When do you go there?
How is your color like your event?
If your color were a place it would be what or
When do you (or other people) go there?
How is your color like your place?
If your color were a person, who would it be?
Where would you see this person?
Describe this person.
How is your color like the person?
If your color were an animal, which would it
Where would you see this animal
Describe the animal
How is your color like the animal
If your color were a game, what kind would it
Which one in particular?
Who would play it?
Describe the game.
If your color were a book, what kind would it
Which one in particular?
Who would read it?
Describe the theme, plot, mood, or purpose.
Finish the poem with one or two more
Blank Verse: Conventions
Once you finish writing your poem,
put it into blank verse.
This means each line will have ten
syllables or five iambic feet.
It should not rhyme!
Consider other conventions
A figure of speech in which things are compared using
the words “like” or “as”
A figure of speech in which things are compared by
stating that one thing is another
Repetition of words with the same beginning sounds
Words that sound like the objects or
actions they refer to
Identity or similarity in sound
between internal vowels in
neighboring words. example: hot
Once you have completed your verses, you can
eliminate one or two or even three if they are not
working in your poem.
You can add other verses that help you describe
This guided writing is set up as quatrains (four lines
per verse), but you can change that if you would