Create a Poem

Create a Poem

# 014452

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Item #: 014452
ISBN: 9781587763267
Grades: 4-8

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Have you ever noticed that while it is easy to recognize poetry, describing it can be difficult? That is because poetry can take so many different forms and styles. This book is intended to teach the elements of lighter poetry to students and have them practice using those elements in their own poetry writing, all in a fun and easy-going way. It is divided into seven sections that deal with increasingly difficult forms of poetry and provides worksheets for those forms. Each form of poetry covered includes a description and sample of what the form entails and then instructs students to write their own poem using the style of writing they just observed.

The first section includes beginning activities to get students interested in poetry and warm up their skills with easier poem forms. They learn about and write such poems as acrostic poems, "I am" poems, and jingles. The second section of the book discusses the shape of poetry. Students learn about writing poems using stanzas and create shapes with their poems like pyramid poems, diamond poems, and column poems. The third section of the book teaches and provides practice in traditional poetry, free verse, narrative poetry, and lyric poetry. The forth section of the book shares the elements of poetry. Students learn about and write similes, metaphors, under and overstatement, personification, figures of speech, alliteration, and more. The fifth section teaches how to acquire and develop ideas for writing poetry. It includes a list of brainstorming and revision ideas as well as actual topics to write about. Section six in the book includes ideas on how teachers can showcase their students' poetry. Ideas include having a poetry reading, making a poetry notebook, and recording student poems on tape recorders or video cameras. The final section displays small poems from actual third to tenth grade students from around the country. Reproducible. ~ Rachel S.

Category Description for CREATIVE WRITING:

These materials cover various types of creative writing, includingdescriptive writing, poetry, journaling, and stories.

Category Description for Poetry Writing:

These materials include both writing instruction and writingassignments.

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Eleanor W. Hoomes
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We love this book! We have used it from grades 3-7 but you could easily use this book all the way through the middle grades and high school There is little teacher prep and the lessons are short and easy to explain even if you do not know how to write poetry Every style of poetry writing is taught in this book and is very thorough Each page is its own lesson and is printed on easy to read bright white paper You can easily jump around in the book and assign easier lessons for younger students or progressing to more difficult lessons for older students Each lesson provides poetry that has been written by other kids in the style they are learning My kids were impressed when they read the poems that other kids had written and it gave them confidence to write their own The way we use this book is we complete the short lesson and write a rough draft of the poem on the page Then I bought each of my kids a nice journal and they write the final draft of the poem in their journal with their name and date When they finish the book we start all over writing a new poem in each style that is taught and they continue adding poems into their poem book My 7th grader started in 4th grade and now has a wonderful collection of poems she has written over the past four years I had also bought the book Poetry Writing for grades 1-3 to use with my younger kids but it was confusing and difficult to use The lessons were not created for those ages and I ended up tossing the book and using this book for my 3rd grader instead I couldn't use all of the book but it gave her a good introduction to poetry writing The following year we were able to progress through the whole book learning all of the styles which are taughtEach year they learn more thoroughly each type of poetry and it helps them a lot with their comprehension of the poems we read and study by other famous poets I rarely find a workbook I can rave about but this one happens to be a gem!
September 29, 2010

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