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Bio-Poem Method: Line 1: I wish I Line 2: Like Line 3: And I dream Line 4: I am Line 5: I used to Line 6: But now I Line 7: I seem to Line 8: But I'm really Sample: I wish I could sing Like Sheryl Crow And I dream sad story songs I am hitting high notes I used to softly hum along But now I've found her voice in mine I seem to be a mimic But I'm really uniquely me Emotional Animal Poem Method: name an emotion Line 1 a adjective animal name Line 2 is w rite an action filled phrase describing how the animal moves Line 3 w rite a phrase telling w here the animal lives Line 4 w rite a phrase that tells readers either w hy the animal acts the w ay it does or possibly how others reac Line 5 Samples: Envy is a scavenging hyena, slinking, tail between his legs on the dry grassy savanna, jealous of the lion's power. Jealousy is a creeping snail leaving a slimy trail as he slides through the undergrowth of your mind without a leg to stand on "All I Want" Poem Method: All I want is someone to Someone to All I want is someone to (same as first line) Someone to Someone to All I want is someone to (same as first line) Someone to Someone to Someone to All I want is someone to (same as first line) Someone to Someone to Someone to Someone to All I want is Sample: All I want is someone to laugh their toes north Someone to listen, then smile All I want is someone to laugh All I want is someone to laugh Someone to show me teeth and Someone to get the joke gums Someone to totally crack up Someone to smile ear to ear Someone to giggle ‘til their jaw All I want is someone to laugh aches Someone to lighten up Someone to roll off their chair Someone to not take life so seriously All I want is a laugh out loud Someone to laugh out loud from audience of people “I Am” Poem Method: I am (two special characteristics) I wonder (something you are actually curious about) I hear (an imaginary sound) I see (an imaginary sight) I want (an actual desire) I am (the first line of the poem restated) I pretend (something you pretend to do) I feel (a feeling about something imaginary) I touch (an imaginary touch) I worry (something that really bothers you) I cry (something that makes you very sad) I am (the first line of the poem repeated) I understand (something you know is true) I say (something you believe in) I dream (something you actually dream about) I try (something you make an effort to do) I hope (something you actually hope for) I am (the first line of the poem repeated) Sample: I Am I am sharp and focused I wonder what the camera really sees I hear the buzzing bee I see flowers in early morning light I want to stop time in a box I am sharp and focused I pretend to be a statue I feel the shakes inside I touch the shutter button I worry about the blurry result I cry that the moment has forever passed I am sharp and focused I understand moments in time I say let's freeze them forever I dream of watercolor effects coming to life I try to see all the soft muted edges I hope it happens someday I am sharp and focused "If (emotion) were a..." Poem Method Line 1: Enter An Emotion (i.e. happiness, anger, fear, delight, Joy, etc.) Line 2: If (emotion) was a color, Line 3: It would be Line 4: As as a . Line 5: If (emotion) was a taste Line 6: It would be just like . Line 7: If (emotion) was a feeling Line 8: It would be as as a . Line 9: If (emotion) was a smell Line 10: It would be as a . Line 11: If (emotion) was a sound, Line 12: It would be as a . Sample If anger was a color It would be bright red As fiery hot as a volcano. If anger was a taste It would be just like red peppers. If anger was a feeling It would be as turbulent as pot of boiling water on high flame. If anger was a smell It would be awful as a landfill on a summer's day. If anger was a sound It would be loud as a parent when you come home late for dinner. Lament Directions: First, choose a feeling from this list: loneliness, injustice, anger, fear, compassion, courage Now try to create an instant poem thinking about this feeling as if it were a person. Method: Line 1 I am Line 2 I dress in Line 3 I need Line 4 I am related to Line 5 I vacation Line 6 My job is Line 7 I desire Sample: Stanley’s Lament I am loneliness The dark of night is my cloak I vacation in the arms of solitude Sadness and depression are the cousins I would joyfully disinherit At a welcoming smile. by Nancy Polette (Based on the book Holes by L. Sachar) Nature Personified Poem Method: Title: Nature Form Line 1 Title + (how it arrives or begins) Line 2 Tell what it does Line 3 and how it does it Line 4 and where it is Line 5 Tell how it leaves Samples: Wind The wind dances in on Trotting horses’ feet It stops in a golden Valley looking about through Fiery eyes, and then rages past At a mighty gallop. by J. Kurnath Fog The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on. by Carl Sandburg Wishes and Fears Poem Method: I am afraid of I am afraid of I am afraid that I am afraid that I am even afraid I am afraid of I am afraid of I am afraid that I am afraid that I am even afraid I want I want I want I want I even want I want I want I want I want And I want Most of all Sample: I am afraid of spiders I am afraid of lightning strikes I am afraid that the milk has gone bad I am afraid that the well will run dry I am even afraid I might show up ten minutes late I am afraid of final exams I am afraid of making speeches I am afraid that my math may be wrong I am afraid that I'll say a bad word I am even afraid of the dark I want friends who smile back I want fresh fruits and vegetables I want fewer reruns on summer TV I want 50% off sales I even want to read books with happy endings I want to laugh I want to sing I want to dance I want to get the joke And I want to be here Most of all Yes, That's Me Poem Method: Yes, that’s me Look and you’ll see My hair My eyes My arms My hands My heart I’m I never My friends I live I hope I dream It’s all clear as can be. That’s positively, absolutely me Sample: Yes, that’s me Look and you’ll see My hair a frizzy halo around my head My eyes scanning for possibility My arms reaching for experience My hands clapping with delight My heart filled with caring I’m the one you can depend on I never let you down My friends call me a clown I live to laugh I hope to smile all day I dream of jokes to say It’s all as clear as can be. That’s positively, absolutely me Poetry Unit Grade 8 Pathways to Success Choose 5 of the following poem types and create an original poem for each type 1. Bio Poem 2. “Emotional Animal” poem 3. “All I Want” poem 4. “I am” poem 5. “If emotion were a …” poem 6. Lament 7. “Nature Personified” Poem 8. “Wishes and Fears” Poem 9. “Yes, That’s Me” Poem 10. “Who Am I” Poem Choose 5 of the following poem types and create an original poem of each type 1. Concrete Poem 2. Free Verse 3. Blank Verse 4. Lyric 5. Haiku 6. Cinquain 7. Shakesperean Sonnet 8. Narrative Poem Complete a lesson on each of the following. Be prepared to point out each of the following in one of your poems 1. rhyme 2. onomatopoeia 3. alliteration 4. consonance 5. assonance Complete a lesson on each of the following. Be prepared to point out the following figurative language in one of your poems 1. simile 2. metaphor 3. hyperbole 4. litotes 5. idiom 6. personification Complete a lesson on each of the following. Be prepared to point out the following poetic devices in one of your poems 1. symbolism 2. allusion 3. imagery Complete the “Poetry Project” on a selected poem of your choice.
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