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1 Super-Fabulous Poems YOU can write 6 th Grade English Language Arts

2 Let’s Review:   Figurative Language: Words and phrases that add color to writing and are NOT to be taken literally!   Sensory Language: Language that is meant to appeal to the senses. It can be literal OR figurative!

3 Let’s Review:   Poet: The term used for an author of poetry.   Stanza: Poem paragraph   Line of Poetry: Single line of words in a poem. DOES NOT need to be a complete sentence!

4 Let’s Review:   Rhyme - repetition of sounds at the ends of lines of poetry   Rhyme scheme – pattern of rhyme at the ends of lines in poetry (ABAB, ABBA, AABB, etc.)   Refrain: Phrase, line or stanza that is repeated after each stanza

5 “Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too” by Shel Silverstein Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too Went for a ride in a flying shoe. "Hooray!” "What fun!” "It's time we flew!" Said Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too. Ickle was captain, and Pickle was crew And Tickle served coffee and mulligan stew As higher, and higher, and higher they flew, Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too. Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too, Over the sun and beyond the blue. "Hold on!” "Stay in!” "I hope we do!" Cried Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too. Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle too Never returned to the world they knew, And nobody knows what‘s happened to Dear Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too. How many stanzas are there in this poem? What is the rhyme scheme? Is there a refrain? What is it?

6  No rhyme scheme  No set line lengths  No particular structure  Don’t follow the rules but are still considered an artistic expression

7  I am artistic and helpful  I wonder why people are polluting  I hear laughing all the time  I see soccer balls in the distance  I want to be heard  I am artistic and helpful  I pretend to go to outer space  I feel restless and worked up  I touch God  I worry about global warming  I cry for my hamsters  I am artistic and helpful  I understand that people die  I never say never  I dream about the future  I try to play soccer  I hope to improve my learning skills  I am artistic and helpful

8 Mom made me a beautiful plum cake, Fragrant with spices and fruit And covered with sugar all sparkling as ice Rich and sweet, it called to me Promising to solve the world’s problems.

9  On-Level and Pre-AP: Finish your “I Am” poem  Pre-AP: Write a second, short free verse poem

10  The simplest rhymed pattern  Two rhyming lines  Often funny Examples: Papa’s what we call my dad, Don’t go near him when he’s mad. The teacher called the students in Then wished she could escape the din.

11  Four-line poems  Usually follow a set rhyme scheme (AABB, ABAB, ABBA, etc.)  May be grouped together in stanzas to form a long poem.

12 Upon this cake of ice is perched The paddle-footed Puffin; To find his double we have searched, But have discovered – Nuffin! - fjaklfjka Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. The rushing ocean waves Beat harshly on the sand. They roar and crash and foam As they break upon the land. Bumping at the windowpane He fought against the solid air That held him as a prisoner there, But all his struggles were in vain.

13  On Level: Two couplets, one quatrain  Pre-AP: Three couplets, two quatrains Remember,  They can be about anything!  Try to make them silly or funny.

14 Haiku  Invented in Japan  Often reflects on an aspect of nature, emotions or experiences  Composed of three short, unrhymed lines  Lines have: 5 syllables 5 syllables 7 syllables 7 syllables 5 syllables 5 syllables

15 Haiku The rain falls softly On my newly polished car.... Dang Texas weather! ~ Ms. Cox Gently drifting down Winter flurries are coming Tickling my cold face ~ 6 th grade student

16 1. Think of an object, an emotion, something in nature, or an experience you’ve had. 2. Put it three lines that have: 5 syllables 7 syllables 5 syllables 3. Now, write two more (four more for Pre-AP) Write a Haiku

17  The first letters of each line spell out a word or phrase (a name, an emotion, an object, etc.)  The first letter of each line is  capitalized and the poem runs  vertically down the page.  The lines don’t need to rhyme.


19 1. Decide what to write about. 2. Write your word down vertically. 3. Brainstorm words or phrases that describe your idea. 4. Place your brainstormed words or phrases on the lines that begin with the same letters. 5. Fill in the rest of the lines to create a poem.

20 Limerick A five-line “nonsense” poem written with: – –2 lines that rhyme (couplet) – –3 lines that rhyme (triplet) Rhyme scheme is A, A, B, B, A – –Lines 1, 2, and 5 rhyme – –Lines 3 and 4 rhyme Lines 1, 2 and 5 have around 8 syllables each Lines 3 and 4 have around 5 syllables each

21 Limerick Wanda the witch on her broom Swept through the town yelling, “ZOOM!” Through a perchance of luck Never heard the big truck And she zoomed on her broom to her doom ~ Graeme King It was quite a frightening night The ghosts and the witches took flight Children all hasty Treats very tasty A truly remarkable sight! ~ Ryan Poole

22 Write a Limerick A good way to start a limerick is by making the first line look something like this: There once was a _________ named __________. Or There once was a __________ from ___________. Then, think of words that rhyme with the NAME or the PLACE that you wrote in the first line. You’re halfway done writing an awesome limerick!

23 Epitaph Writing on a tomb or headstone Praising or reflecting on the life of a deceased person Two to four lines; may be rhyming or not Epitaphs can be funny, or they may be beautiful. But just like the people they memorialize, they are all unique and different!

24 Epitaph While living men my tomb do view, Remember well, There’s room for you. Cast a cold eye On life, on death. Horseman, pass by. ~ Headstone of W.B. Yeats Here lies ANN MANN Who lived an old maid, But died an old Mann. ~ Cemetery in London, England Here lies the body Of Jonathan Blake He stepped on the gas Instead of the brake.

25 Epitaph Here lays Butch. We planted him raw. He was quick on the trigger But slow on the draw. ~ Boot Hill Cemetery Tombstone, Arizona Here lies the body Of Edward Hyde. We laid him here Because he died! I told you I was sick. ~B.P. Roberts, 1929-1979

26 Write an Epitaph Think of a name (a made-up person… not real!) Think of a way that person may have died List some possible characteristics for that person Think of some words that rhyme with their name, traits, or the way they died Write a short poem about that person, their life, or the way they died Be as funny, descriptive, or lovely as you like!


28 Through Poetry Imitation, we can use what we know about parts of speech, sensory language, and imagery to create an original poem. When imitating a poem, you should strive to imitate the style of the writer as closely as possible. Replace the adjectives in the poem with other adjectives, the nouns with other nouns, and the prepositions with other prepositions. So much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens So much depends upon a green book shelf packed with good stories in the bustling classroom

29 So much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens So much depends upon ______ _______ _______ _________ ______ _______ _______ _________ ______ _______ ________ _________ the noun description of the noun (adjectival phrase) Where it is (preposition al phrase)

30 Unrhymed seven-line poem Written in a diamond shape Has a specific set of rules: Line 1 and 7 have one word (noun) Line 2 and 6 have two words (adjectives) Line 3 and 5 have three words (all verbs) Line 4 has four words (all nouns)

31 Cat Gentle, Sleepy Purring, Meowing, Scratching Whiskers, Fur, Collar, Leash Barking, Licking, Digging Slobbery, Playful Dog Monsters Evil, Spooky Howling, Shrieking, Wailing Ghosts, Vampires, Goblins, Witches Flying, Scaring, Terrifying Creepy, Crawly Creatures

32 1.Pick a thing you’d like to write about (lines 1 & 7 are nouns). 2.Do you want to write a synonym or antonym diamante? For a synonym diamante, pick another noun that means the same as your subject. For an antonym diamante, pick another noun that means the opposite of your subject. 3.Make two columns and put your nouns at the top of each. Under each noun, list all the words you can think of that remind you of that word. 4.Follow the rules to arrange your diamante. The top half of the diamante should be words from the first column, and the bottom half should be words from the second column.

33 Sun Fiery, Yellow Burning, Blinding, Exploding Flame, Light, Night, Crescent Shining, Orbiting, Reflecting Cold, Silver Moon noun adjective, adjective verb, verb, verb noun, noun, noun, noun verb, verb, verb adjective, adjective noun

34 “The Witch” Identify rhyme scheme, figurative language, poetic techniques, sensory language “This is Just to Say” Imitate this apology poem by following the formula on the slide. Think of something to apologize for (but for which you’re not really sorry!) Cinquain Poem Follow the rules to write a cinquain poem!


36 I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold I have _________ _______ ________ ______ ____ ____ ______ _______ ________ ______ _______ ________ ________ ______ _______ ________ ________ ______ ____ ____ __________ ____ _______ _____ ____ _____ What you did Why it affected someone else Why you aren’t really sorry

37 Daughter Child of my heart Laughing, dancing, dreaming With you, the angels smiled on me. Sweetness. ~ Ms. Cox Inspired by Japanese Haiku A cinquain poem can be written in several formats The original format is: Line 1: two syllables Line 2: four syllables Line 3: six syllables Line 4: eight syllables Line 5: two syllables

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