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Alternative Energy Persuasive Essay
Ancient Civilizations Thematic
Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
"Charles" by Shirley Jackson Short Story
History of the English Language
NYS English Language Arts Exams Review
Painting Pictures with Poetry
SHEroes Memorable Women in History
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Overview / How
to Read a Poem / 4 Ways to
Evaluate Poetry / Elements
of Poetry /
Online Art Galleries /
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First, we will read a variety of poems and explore the elements of
poetry. The classroom will be transformed into an art gallery.
Your job is to write a mystery poem using various elements of
poetry (metaphor, simile, personification, etc.) to describe your
favorite work of art in the classroom art
gallery. Classmates will try to match your poem to a picture
hanging in the gallery.
How to Read a Poem
1st Read: read the
poem for a general impression.
What clues do you get from
Who is the speaker
2nd Read: pay more
What words confuse you?
Are there any footnotes?
3rd Read: read the poem
Listen to the music: rhyme,
pauses, changes in pattern.
Poets strive for an original
way to say something. What is this poet saying?
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4 Ways to View Poetry
Is the poem restricted by a form or
sonnet, acrostic, couplets, limericks,
diamante, free verse, etc.
What pictures is the poet painting in your
metaphor, simile, personification,
What is the meaning or story being expressed?
speaker, tone, ideas or story being told
What do you hear
when you read it aloud?
alliteration, consonance, repetition,
pauses, rhyme, rhythm, etc.
Elements of Poetry
- Free Verse
- Letter Poems
- Shape or Concrete
- Word choice
- Alliteration (vowel
- Consonance (consonance
- Enjambment (run-on line)
- End-Stop Line (line ends
- Onomatopoeia (words that
make a sound)
Painting Pictures with Words
Online Art Galleries
New York (go to the online collection)
Metropolitan Museum in New York
Metropolitan Museum in New York: Museum for Kids (For
Kids to Try Right Now!)
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