Computer.pngCreating Poetry Online

Acrostic Poems (Read Write Think)

Theme/Shape Poems (Read Write Think)

Diamante Poems (Read Write Think)

Letter Poems (Read Write Think)

Line Breaker Explorer (Read Write Think)

What is a limerick? (Wonderopolis)

What is a haiku? (Wonderopolis)

What is an acrostic poem? (Wonderopolis)



Try this!

Create a Valentine card!

-start by thinking of 2 things that go together (peas + carrots, toast + jam, ...)
-write this in your poetry booklet - start with: We go together like
-get your spelling checked by an adult
-log on to the computer; go to this site (Festisite)
-be sure "VALENTINE" has been selected
-delete the text that's already in the box then select the font type, font size (I used 23)
-NOTE: we're not printing from this site but go ahead and select the paper size - "Letter"
-delete the text that's in the box already and then type in your idea (for my sample I typed: WE GO TOGETHER LIKE TOAST + JAM!)
-copy what you typed and paste 2-3 more so you have 3-4 times of the same wording in the text box
-double check that you have selected the proper font and paper size then click on "Layout Text"
-select "Open" from the box that pops up
It looks like this site was updated since we used it on the 12th of February. New instructions follow.
-type your text in the box beneath the large sample on the site
-click the "Preview" button to the right; double check that your wording is correct
-click the "Download" button beneath the preview button
-use the Snipping Tool to snip your heart
-save the snip as an image (be sure to name it!)

-open a blank Word document and add it to the page
-create the card parts - front and back - so it can be cut and folded into a card; this can be done by inserting a table and then adding the heart to the right hand side (the card's front) or by inserting the heart onto the page and drawing a text box around it
-decide on sizing and whether you're planning to add hand drawn parts or additional wording to the front or back of the card; be sure to use the whole page (1 large card or 2 cards on the page) - so paper isn't wasted
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"WE GO TOGETHER LIKE..." Ideas Used By Room 6 Students


Descriptive Language

Similes + Metaphors:

Figurative Language - Time for Kids

Word Central - Merriam Webster's Online Thesaurus (click on the "Thesaurus" tab, type a descriptive word in the box then click "Go" - words with a similar meaning to the word you typed in will be shown)



Online Rhyming Activities: (be patient, some of these activities take time to load)

Word Central - Merriam Webster's Online Dictionary (click on the "Rhyming" tab, type a word in the box then click "Go" - rhyming words will be shown in alphabetical order)

Reggie Loves to Rhyme - Scholastic



pencils.gifPoets - Biography Info/Websites

Dr. Seuss: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/contributor/dr-seuss

Dr. Seuss's Website - Seussville

Bruce Lansky: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/contributor/bruce-lansky

Jane Yolen: http://janeyolen.com/

Bruce Lansky's Bio on Giggle Poetry

Ken Nesbitt: http://www.poetry4kids.com/

Jack Prelutsky: http://jackprelutsky.com/






Poetry Websites

Fizzy Funny Fuzzy: Fun Poetry for Kids

Ken Nesbitt's Poetry 4 Kids

How to Write a Cinquain - Poetry 4 Kids


Our Thoughts About Poetry... What is Poetry? (class discussion on Jan. 27/16)

-poet

-words/sentences that rhyme (not repeating the word but an actual rhyme)

-not all have to rhyme


-expressing feelings

-have topics/about one thing

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Wonders

Q: Do poems always rhyme?

A: No - some do and some don't.

Q: Why might a poem rhyme?

A: To make it more fun/interesting to read or say.


Q: How long are most poems?

A: Some are short and some are long.


Q: How many different kinds of poems are there?

A: There are many kinds of poems - some with 'rules' (like Haiku) and some without rules.


Q: Why do we have poems?

A: They are a way for the writer (poet) to share an idea or ideas.


Q: Is it hard to make/write a poem?

A: No! There are so many types poems it should be easy to find the kind that you like to write. It helps to write about something you know about (like an activity you love to do) or have strong feelings about (like the importance of being kind to others or playing fair in sports/life). Like any kind of writing it takes time, especially to revise and edit to make it your best!


Investigating Poems/Poetry

(students 'browsed' books of poetry and flagged what they noticed about the poem(s) in the book; they shared their findings with the class and our findings were recorded; the book "What is Poetry?" was shared and students continued to add to our list; see below for a summary of our findings)

LENGTH

-varies (some are short [2 lines] some are long [lots of lines - maybe even a whole book]

TOPIC/THEME

- varies but all poems have a theme or topic - poems can be about anything (e.g. animals like a bat, people, an event, a thing like a door, a dragon, or ambitions, a place like space, etc.)

-it might tell a story or be a description about what someone is doing/has done

-it might be a way of passing info or a message to someone

-might be as if someone/something is talking

MOOD

-varies but poems can be used to show feelings/emotions (silly, funny, serious, creepy, etc.)

SET-UP

-some poems rhyme, some don't

-for poems with rhymes, the rhyming pattern varies (e.g. every 2nd line)

-most poems have a title

-stanzas (groups of lines) varies in length

-space between stanzas

-lines within the stanzas vary in length

-most poems in the books we browsed had a picture that related to the poem (some pics were in colour and some were black + white)

-font size or type might vary within the poem to help with meaning [BIG small)

-the words on the line/the lines may not be straight on the page (eg. fall might be written like this to look like it's falling):

F

A

L

L

-might repeat words or lines for emphasis (may start and end with the same line or lines)

TYPES OF POEMS

-list poems (e.g. a list of spring things)

-category poems

-might be a combination of a story and poem

A POET'S "TOOLS"

-descriptive language (uses senses) - onomatopoeia, similie, etc.

-a thesaurus is handy to find words with similar meaning but in a more interesting way (eg. Instead of saying something is "small" you could say it's "teeny tiny" or "minuscule"


Light_Bulb.gifWe used Padlet to list weather words + terms. Instructions were to "do your best with spelling". Check out our work!


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TYPES OF POEMS

LIST POEM

-any length
-any topic
-start with a T-Chart - right column is for listing things you see and left column is for describing each thing (e.g. colour, size, anything that gives detail); for example: splashy puddles
-see below for a sample List Poem written in class on Jan. 29/16
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HOW COLD IS IT? POEM


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FREE VERSE
The culminating project for our work together had students working on a free verse poem with 'weather' being the theme. This was an extension of the science unit they recently completed. After 'I Writes' and 'We Writes' and setting and checking criteria, each student began penning a poem of their own.