It's time for another WordSmithery lesson!
If you are brand new here, I recommend that you go back and start at the beginning. My goal with the WordSmithery is to make creative writing exciting for writers of all ages. Here's what we've covered so far:
Lesson #1: Introduction and Journals
Lesson #2: Introduction to Creative Writing, Featuring Good Words
Lesson #3: Using Powerful Words to Create More Interesting Writing
Lesson #4: Similes
Lesson #5: Metaphors and Strong Verbs
Lesson #6: Alliteration and Spring Flowers (or Fall Leaves)
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And now for Lesson #8: Form Poetry. As always, this lesson is loosely scripted. You might eliminate some things or add others as you go.
As you know if you are a regular here, I try to put the "speaking" parts in regular type and the answers in italics. And remember: parents/teacher: you should be doing the assignments, too! Go back and read the first couple of lessons to find out why. Here we go!
Lesson 8: Form Poetry
We’re going to look at some form poems this week. Most poets do not use form poetry, but some write only in form poetry. What do I mean by form poetry? Poetry that follows a particular pattern. Do you know the names of any forms? (Cinquain, haiku, tanka, couplet, ode, limerick, sonnet, ballad, senryu, tanka, etc.)
Here are a few patterns for form poetry and a sample of each on. (Try out each one on the board as you go.)
Line 1: One word (noun or name)
Line 2: Two adjectives describing Line 1
Line 3: Three verbs telling what Line 1 does
Line 4: Four words telling more about Line 1
Line 5: Word that means the same as Line 1
Sitting, smiling, melting
On the snowy hillside
Line 1: five syllables
Line 2: seven syllables
Line 3: five syllables
Reaching to lilacs
Memories of a backyard
Spring sun warms my neck.
Fluttering above the earth
How fragile you are.
Line 1: Five syllables
Line 2: Seven syllables
Line 3: Five syllables
Line 4: Seven Syllables
Line 5: Seven Syllables
This brittle winter
Trees stand stark as old soldiers
Determined and glum
Embarrassed to be caught stripped
Of their summer uniforms.
Line 1: Begin with descriptive word and add two items that fit description
Line 2: Something that rhymes with Line 1.
Little daffodil, popping up its yellow head,
Better hide from the snow or it will soon be dead.
(You can put lots of couplets together, and they can be a long poem.)
Line 1: Three accented syllables
Line 2: Three accented syllables; rhyme with Line 1
Line 3: Two accented syllables
Line 4: Two accented syllables; rhyme with Line 3
Line 5: Three accented syllables; rhyme with Line 1
There was a young man from Alcoa
Whose best friend was a six-foot boa.
It never did bite
But it hugged him so tight
That the young man is now no mo-ah.
A poem in honor of someone or something very important to you.
Ode to My Favorite Jeans
Oh, my lovely blue jeans!
How happy I am when you are clean
Folded soft and smooth at the top
Of the laundry basket,
Waiting for me to wear you.
Write some of the above poems together, and then read some poems together. Giggle Poetry has perhaps hundreds of poems that kids will love, from food poems to mushy poems to scary ones. Here are some limericks created by kids (carefully screen any limerick sites—sometimes limericks can be a little racy!), and the Children's Haiku Garden has loads of haiku written by both Japanese and American kids. For a great book of limericks for kids, I recommend John Ciardi's The Hopeful Trout.
Journal Writings, Week 8
(Refer to the poetry patterns in Lesson 8)
Write an ode to a stuffy or runny nose.
[For example: Oh, stuffy nose, how I long to relieve you of your disease! How I wish to give you one good blow and suddenly free you! But stuffy nose, you continue to plague me, wear me down, torture me. Free me, oh nose!]
Write 4 couplets about your favorite animal.
A koala looks so very sweet
From his fuzzy head to his sharp-clawed feet. ]
Write a haiku about whatever month it is.
March comes in chilly
and grows warm in the middle.
Bringing greens and blues.
Write an exaggeration that begins: One time I was SO cold…
[For example: One time I was SO cold that my arms turned to popsicles and my brains froze into a solid block of ice.]
Describe a perfect winter day.
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