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					                                     Name: _________________________ Period: ___________

                         Shel Silverstein
                        Poetry Assignment

1. You will write a piece of “Shel Silverstein” -like poetry. Shel Silverstein was a master at
taking ordinary, everyday objects and people and showing a different side of them. He makes
the usual, unusual. For example, in his poem called “Spaghetti” he takes the regular act of eating
spaghetti and turns it into a crazy event.

2. List 6 – 8 words in the box that would describe his style of poetry. Think about the examples
we read to help you.

                                                                The Dragon of Grindly Grun
                                                                       by Shel Silverstein
                                                               I'm the Dragon of Grindly Grun,
                                                                I breathe fire as hot as the sun.
                                                                 When a knight comes to fight
                                                                    I just toast him on sight,
                                                               Like a hot crispy cinnamon bun.

                                                               When I see a fair damsel go by,
                                                                   I just sigh a fiery sigh,
                                                                And she'd baked like a 'tater-
                                                                      I think of her later
                                                               With a romantic tear in my eye.

                                                               I'm the Dragon of Grindly Grun,
                                                             But my lunches aren't very much fun,
                                                              For I like my damsels medium rare,
                                                             and they always come out well done.

3. You will write your rough draft in your writer’s notebook today in class.
Think about an ordinary topic like spaghetti, peanut butter sandwiches, a tree house, a snowman,
or an old lady. Then, like Shel Silverstein, think about how that everyday thing could become

4. Your poem must have at least 20 lines and at least four stanzas. A stanza is the paragraph
of a poem. The poem above has 3 stanzas with 14 lines. Use this to help gauge how much you
need to write.
** Your poem must rhyme!

5. You will draw an illustration for this poem. It must be drawn in black ink, just like in the
book. Try to copy the drawing style of Shel Silverstein.

6. Please have a final copy (on the provided paper) ready to share with the class on

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