Sunday, February 27, 2011

2-28-11 Concrete Poem

1. Daily Journal: The house was made of…
Include the words: Wobbly, wagon, twinkle, squint, gabby.

2. Lyrics

3. Sonnet is due

4. Concrete Poem (Visual Poem): poetry in which the typographical arrangement of words is as important in conveying the intended effect as the conventional elements of the poem, such as meaning of words, rhythm, rhyme and so on.


a very
shape I have
three points and
three lines straight.
Look through my words
and you will see, the shape
that I am meant to be. I'm just
not words caught in a tangle. Look
close to see a small triangle. My angles
add to one hundred and eighty degrees, you
learn this at school with your abc's. Practice your
maths and you will see, some other fine examples of me.

Friday, February 25, 2011

2-25-11 Sonnets

1. Daily journal: If you could invite three people (living or dead) to the dinner table, who would it be and why?

2. Lyrics

3. Assonance poem is due

4. Write a sonnet
How to Write a Sonnet

Iambic Pentameter Information

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

2-24-11 Assonance

1. Daily Journal: Describe a time in your life when you were really scared of something

2. Lyrics

3. Word Clouds due

4. Assonance writing assignment: Assonance is the repetition of vowel sounds and is used to set the mood or add to the meaning of the writing. It is hard to spot sometimes as it is very subtle.

“The Wreck of the Deutschland” by Gerald Manley Hopkins:

And frightful a nightfall folded rueful a day
Nor rescue, only rocket and lightship, shone,
And lives at last were washing away:
To the shrouds they took,—they shook in the hurling and horrible airs.
Is out with it! Oh,
We lash with the best or worst
Word last! How a lush-kept plush-capped sloe
Will, mouthed to flesh-burst,
Gush!flush the man, the being with it, sour or sweet,
Brim, in a flash, full!—Hither then, last or first

Your assignment is to write 12 lines of poetry that contain assonance. You can structure your poem however you'd like.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

2-23-11 Onamatopeia Poem

1. Daily Journal: Write whatever you'd like

2. Lyrics Assignment

3. Alliteration Poem is due

4. Onamatopeia word cloud assignment
Create a word cloud that includes at least 5 examples of onamatopeia
Go to and create your word cloud
Publish it and copy the HTML code
Make a new post on your blog
Click the Edit HTML link and paste that code into your post

By Edgar Allen Poe

Here the loud alarum bells-
Brazen bells!
What a tale of terror, now their turbulency tells!
In the startled ear of night
How they scream out their affright!
Too much horrified to sprak,
They can only shriek, shreik,
Out of tune,
In a clamorous appealing to the mercy of the fire,
In a mad expostulation with the deaf and the frantic fire,
Leaping higher, higher, higher,
With a desperate desire,
And a resolute endeavor,
Now- now to sit or never,
By the side of the pale-faced moon.
Oh, the bells, bells, bells!
What a tale their terror tells
Of Despair!
How they clang, and clash, and roar!
What a horror they outpour
On the bosom of the palpitating air!
Yet the ear it fully knows,
By the twanging,
And the clanging,
How the danger ebbs and flows:
Yet the ear distinctly tells,
In the jangling
And the wrangling,
How the danger sinks and swells,
By the sinking or the swelling in the anger of the bells-
Of the bells-
Of the bells, bells, bells. bells,
Bells, bells, bells-
In the clamor and the clangor of the bells!

Monday, February 21, 2011

2-22-11 Alliteration

1. Daily Journal: What is your earliest childhood memory? Write as much detail as possible.

2. Lyrics Assignment

3. Five Senses Poem is Due

4. Alliteration Poetry

Examples of alliteration in Shakespeare:

Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream”
whereat with blade, with bloody blameful blade he bravely broached his bloody boiling breast

Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 30″
When to the sessions of sweet silent thought

Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 12″
Borne on the bier with white and bristly beard

Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”
Good night! Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow

4. Your assignment is to write an 8 line poem (2 stanzas of 4 verses) that contains alliteration in each line. The poem should have an ABAB CDCD rhyming pattern.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

2-18-11 Sense of Time Poem

1. Daily Journal: A man/woman walks out into the cold night air. His/her hands are shaking from what just happened…

2. Lyrics: Alex

When writing these poems, select a different time for each one: Day of the week, month, season or holiday.

TITLE Pick a period of time from the list above and write it as a title
LINE 1 Assign a color to that time period
LINE 2 Describe the color with an example. The color of . . .
LINE 3 What does this time period feel like?
LINE 4 What does this time period sound like?
LINE 5 What does this time period smell like?
LINE 6 What does this time period taste like?
LINE 7 Sum up your feeling about the time period in a sentence.


February is bright red
The color of cherries and valentines
February feels like slick satin slipping
Between your fingers
It sounds like hot rock ‘n’roll
It smells like perfume and cologne
February tastes like sweet chocolates
February is here and gone in a flash

2-17-11 Parts of Speech Poem

1. Daily Journal: Write whatever you'd like

2. Cinquain poem is due

3. Daily lyrics: Stu

4. Parts of Speech Poem

LINE 1 One article and one noun
LINE 2 One adjective and one conjunction and one adjective
LINE 3 One verbal (ed or ing word) and one conjunction and one verbal
LINE 4 One noun that relates to the noun in the first line (It can be two or three words).


The Church
Big and Tall
Singing and Praying
House of God

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

2-16-11 Cinquain

1. Daily Journal - I wake up and try to take a deep breath, but the deeper the breath the more severe the pain. The ground is hard beneath my back, and I feel a dull pain in my arm…

2. Metaphor poems are due

3. Lyrics: Maddie


The Cinquain is not of Japanese origin. It consists of 5 lines.

LINE 1 2 syllables Squirrels
LINE 2 4 syllables deftly scampers
LINE 3 6 syllables up our big Birch tree
LINE 4 8 syllables to hide his acorn treats
LINE 5 2 syllables from me.

Monday, February 14, 2011

2-15-11 Metaphors

1. Daily Journal: Tell me about your best friend/ a good friend (Appearance, Personality, Stories that show personality and why you like them).

2. Similes poem is due

3. Lyrics: Peter Beckwith

4. Metaphor Activity

Langston Hughes'
Mother to Son

Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor --
But all the time
I'se been a-climbin' on,
And reachin' landin's,
And turnin' corners,
And sometimes goin' in the dark
Where there ain't been no light.
So boy, don't you turn back.
Don't you set down on the steps
'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.
Don't you fall now --
For I'se still goin', honey,
I'se still climbin',
And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.

Read "Mother to Son" and answer the following questions.

1. What is the poem about?
2. What is the theme?
3. What does the mother want the son to do?
4. What is the metaphor of the poem?

Write your own poem with a metaphor about life

Sunday, February 13, 2011

2-14-11 Similes

1. Daily Journal: Out of the dark we came into the…
You need to include: Trumpet, Squeal, Dangerous, Reek, Crafty.

2. Change Poem is due

3. Lyrics Assignment - Kevin B.

4. Similes Activity


Seeing the world in a strange and different way requires imagination. A powerful help to your imagination is to make comparisons. In this activity, concentrate on making simple comparisons between different things. There are no right or wrong answers to any of the questions.

1. A calendar is like a mirror because_________________.
2. A sandwich is like a _________________ because______________.
3. An ice cube is like a cookie because______________.
4. A knife is like a whisper because________________.
5. Kissing is like a careful collision because_____________.
6. ___________ feels like a peeled grape.
7. ___________ feels like leftover spaghetti.
8. Falling in love sounds like_________ because__________.
9. A dentist’s drill feels like __________ because__________.
10. Tomato soup tastes like bleeding hearts because____________.

Now create a poem that includes at least 5 similes. You can choose if your poem rhymes or not.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

2/10/11 Change Poem

1. Daily Journal: Write your bucket list (around 10 things you need to do before you die). Explain why they are on that list.

2. Limerick are due

3. Lyrics assignment: Jenn

4. Change Poem due at the beginning of the hour on Monday

Change poem

1. Write a poem describing a single change or multiple changes using one- word lines and stanzas.
2. The changes you show should be unpredictable and surprising. However, for this poem, your changes should show leaps through time.
3. Events work well for this assignment.












Tuesday, February 8, 2011

2-9-11 Limericks

1. Daily Journal: A day in your life (10 years from now). Where are you? What you are doing? Family? Job? What makes you happy? Etc.

2. Ode Poems are due

3. Lyrics Assignment: Marlon

4. Assignment for tomorrow: Write a limerick

Monday, February 7, 2011

2/8/11 Ode

1. Daily Journal: Describe your most embarrassing moment

2. Lyrics: Allie Moore

3. Auto-Bio Poem is Due

4. We will write an Ode in class (due tomorrow)

Select a person, place or thing that you want to write about.
Write phrases describing how your item makes you feel and why you feel this way.
Write many phrases telling unique qualities of your subject.
Now, explain why your subject is important to you and why you adore it so much.
Join some of your phrases into lines for your ode. Remember they do not have to rhyme.

Now revise your lines following these steps:
• Take away any lines that are too similar
• Add more feeling to any meaningless lines
• Pick a good opening line or sentence
• Order the remaining lines into their best sequence
• Select a good closing line that clearly expresses your feeling about that subject.



Turtle oh turtle you are so small
I found you on the green of the 7th hole
You helped me through the day
When I take a break, you jump into your lake
I adore your cracks and shell
You’re a great swimmer, far better than me
You take a lap before I get in
Everything around you is fake and mine
From the pond to the rocks, all aren’t his
But he flips and runs on the sand and in the water
Without a care in the world
To what might happen around him.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

2/7/11 Auto-Bio Poem

Your Daily Journal Prompt:
You are walking down the street and out runs a zebra, you hear a roar and then out strolls a lion. It turns and looks your way…

Lyrics Assignment: Sean Duchek

Haiku Assignments Due Today (Pair Share)

Assignment for Tomorrow:

Line 1: Your first name John
Line 2: Four descriptive traits Honest, caring, curious, energetic
Line 3: Sibling of... Sister of Kenneth
Line 4: Lover of (people, ideas) Laughter, learning, challenge
Line 5: Who feels... Joy when traveling
Line 6: Who needs... Sunshine every day
Line 7: Who gives... Friendship, encouragement, and smiles
Line 8: Who fears... Pain, hunger, and the end of summer
Line 9: Who would like to see... Contentment for all living things
Line 10: Resident of (your city) Phoenix
Line 11: Your last name Doe

You can format your poem anyway that you like. Use more punctuation or less. Change the line breaks. Align the words with the margin. Use capital letters, play with the arrangement of the words on the page, and so forth. Be creative!

This poem is due before you come to class on Tuesday.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

2-4-11 Daily Lyrics

Today's Journal Entry:
Write a thank you to someone for everything they have done for you. It could be a parent or friend for always being there for you, a sibling who supports you during a difficult time, etc.

Daily Lyrics Lesson

What is it?
Every day a different student will present a song to class. You will write a one page summary using the form I have provided, which you will hand in to me before you give your presentation. Your presentation will begin with the playing of your song (we will place the lyrics on an overhead as the song plays). You should then talk about your answers to the questions. The presentation should be no longer than ten minutes (5 minutes for song and 5 minutes of your description).

Why are we doing this?
We are surrounded by the English language every day without knowing it. Music is an integral part of our daily lives, culture, and society. We rarely think of these songs as pieces of poetry played with music. This assignment will make us more aware of the poetry in our daily lives and help us understand the songs that we hear every day.

What is required?
• A one page typed response to the questions provided posted to your blog and e-mailed to me.
• A typed version of the song posted to your blog and e-mailed to me. This will allow me to make sure the song is appropriate for the class.

What is not appropriate for class?
Use your judgment on this. The song should have appropriate language and subject matter. This assignment is meant to be an interesting and enjoyable way to study the language used in our popular music. If it becomes a problem, we will stop using this assignment.

How much is it worth?
The assignment is 10 points total, 5 points for the written portion of the assignment and 5 for the presentation. THIS ASSIGNMENT CANNOT BE MADE UP AT A LATER DATE.

Daily Lyrics Assignment:


Song Title :

Artist :

1. Why did you choose this song? Why is it important to you?

2. What is the story in the lyrics?

3. What is the structure?

4. What is the emotional tone or mood?

5. What is the message or lesson?

6. What is the intention of this piece of music?

Assignment for Monday:

Write a haiku from the brainstorm list you created yesterday (memories).

What is a haiku?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

2/3/11 Daily Journal and Course Overview

Rules for Daily Journals:

Write quietly for 10 minutes (the whole time)
Write thoughts as they come to you.
If you miss a prompt you must make it up at a later date.
These ideas may serve as examples for later assignments.

Prompt for Today:
1. Describe in detail the most beautiful/ peaceful/amazing place that you have ever been. and/or
2. Describe in detail the ugliest/most horrible/ worst place you have ever been.

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” – Steven King, On Writing

Course Content:

Introduction to Poetry
• Imagery
• Simile & Metaphor
• Meter & Rhyme
• Types of Poetry

Introduction to Prose
• Character Description
• Description
• Dialogue
• Types of Prose
Writer’s Journal

2/2/11 Gmail and Blogger

You should create a professional e-mail account in gmail.

You will all set up your blogs for this class. We will create a link to all of your blogs at

You will create your blogs at

You will all send me an e-mail from your gmail account to that includes your name and blog url.