ELO – Red 3/30/10

1. Poetry Portfolios – Connect to the StudentHomePD  (Go—>StudentHomePD—>Your blog name—>Public—>Dropbox) to find your graded portfolio.

  • Read over teacher comments for each poem.
  • Create three new tabs at the bottom of your document.

The first new tab will be the poem you think is your best. Write a paragraph explaining why it is your best.

The second new tab will be a revised version of one of your poems. Choose a poem that can be made better with revision.

The third tab should be your SLAM poem with a reflection (you should already have it) and a reflection for the reading as well that answers all these questions –

  1. How did your Projection, Inflection, Pacing, Eye contact, and Stance affect your performance?
  2. How did performing in front of the authors and/or classmates affect your reading?
  3. What did you learn from this experience that you can use in the future?
  4. If you had the chance to do it over again, what would you do differently?

2. Journal Story Starter – “It’s been three years since the computers took over. I…”

3. Essential Questions – Be sure to check out the new Essential Questions.

4. DEAR/AR – Students need 100 points again this quarter. Don’t wait until the last week. START NOW! It will count toward your final grade this quarter. 🙂


Haiku is a poetic form and a type of poetry from the Japanese culture. Haiku combines form, content, and language in a meaningful, yet compact form. Haiku poets write about everyday things. Many themes include nature, feelings, or experiences. Usually they use simple words and grammar.

The most common form for Haiku is three short lines. The first line usually contains five (5) syllables, the second line seven (7) syllables, and the third line contains five (5) syllables. You do not need to adhere to this rule however.  I’ve included one example that follows the rule and one that doesn’t.

Haiku doesn’t rhyme. A Haiku must “paint” a mental image in the reader’s mind. This is the challenge of Haiku – to put the poem’s meaning and imagery in the reader’s mind in ONLY 17 syllables over just three (3) lines of poetry!

Freshly Fallen

By Paul McCann

Snow lay on the street .
It crunched underneath my feet .
Footprints in the snow.


By Basho, 1686

The old pond;
A frog jumps in –
The sound of the water.

Click here for more examples from the Haiku Society

Click here for some more examples

Poetry Portfolio

Poetry Portfolio

As we continue to work on poetry this week, I want you to keep focussed on your poetry portfolio.  You need to have a total of 7 poems, each a different type, with 7 different topics.  We’ll give you a sample portfolio on Wednesday to help you organize your poems.

Notice what each poem needs to include in your portfolio.

Poetry Portfolio Due Monday 3/15/10

Vocab. Quiz – CCB#3 Tuesday 3/9/10

CCB Test – Tuesday 3/9/10

Sample Poetrty Portfolio

Poetry Portfolio Checklist and Rubric

Poetry – how to write a quatrain

A cinquain has five lines and a quatrain has four lines.  The only other rule for a quatrain is that it must rhyme. The pattern of rhyming is up to you.

Here is a simple example of a quatrain with an abab rhyme scheme:


King Cole rules the hall

The kids all run in fear

He shouts at them all

Whenever he gets near.


Other possible rhyme schemes include aabbabcb, and abba.  You are not limited to just these rhyme schemes. You can be as creative with your rhyme pattern as you want.

Try some of your own and post them in comments.

Vocabulary – Catherine Called Birdy #3

  • (adj) abominable
  • (v) coax
  • (v) confound
  • (adj) idle
  • (adj) malignant
  • (adv)meekly
  • (n) morsel
  • (n) notion
  • (n) remorse
  • (adj) vengeful

For the homework due Monday/Tuesday, you’ll need to do five things…
#1 Write your own definition
#2 Write one synonym (or an illustration/picture showing the meaning of the word)
#3 Write one antonym (or an illustration/picture showing the meaning of the word)
#4 Write a sentence using the word
#5 Write a journal entry using all ten words

Write a Cinquain

A cinquain is a five line poem. It has very strict rules about the number of syllables in each line.


Line 1 has 2 syllables and states the poem’s topic.

Line 2 has 4 syllables and describes the topic.

Line 3 has 6 syllables and expresses action.

Line 4 has 8 syllables and expresses feeling.

Line 5 has 2 syllables and describes the topic.

Try this site if you want help counting the syllables for use in your poem.

Here is a cinquain about Lord Rollo from Catherine Called Birdy.  It was written by 7th grade students in class in about 3 minutes :


Disgusting, fat

Slaps Birdy all the time

Greedy for riches and silver