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Students write quatrains based on themes recently heard in songs.
Sixth graders examine the basic elements of an opera in a three part lesson. Part one includes listening to opera excerpts and analyzing the excerpts in writing; part 2 includes recognizing the elements of a quatrain, identifying and creating rhyme schemes, and writing their own quatrains based on Greek or Roman myths. The unit is culminated in part three where students compose and perform an opera based on a Greek or Roman literary source.
Students explore China and analyze Chinese Ink Painting as well as incorporating poetry into artwork. With the theme of "Peace" as their foundation, in groups they practice painting bamboo with an original Quatrain poem.
Eighth graders focus on the Shakespearian sonnet as a form and analyze the sonnet in terms of structure, the particular rhyme scheme of the quatrains and the rhyming couplet, the rhythm of iambic pentameter, as well as any figurative language.
Second graders examine several examples of poetry in the six lessons of this unit. The lessons focus on five poetic forms, couplets, quatrains, limericks, Haiku, and free verse.
Pupils compose couplets, quatrains, and sonnets after learning about Italian and English sonnets. In this sonnets lesson plan, students read sonnets, analyze them, connect them to the Renaissance and present times, and then write their own.
Middle schoolers discover what a quatrain is, and are taught the three poetic devices: alliteration, hyperbole, and onomatopoeia. Everyone chooses a favorite hobby or activity, then attempts to write a poem about it. They must write two quatrains, and use two of the three poetic devices in their poem. Everyone reads their poems aloud to the whole class. This would be a good beginning-of-the-year lesson to employ as a way for the kids to get to know each other.
Words, words, words! Any reader of Shakespeare needs to know these words. Tragedy, tragic flaw, sonnet, quatrain, couplet, and meter are all defined in a short, text-heavy presentation. Alas, poor (teacher), few examples are given.
Use the ideas here for a Valentine's Day activity (or anytime you study sonnets) with your 11th graders. Demonstrate how to analyze a love poem by conducting a think aloud about Shakespeare's Sonnet 29. Then small groups analyze Sonnet 130 by taking turns thinking aloud about specified couplets or quatrains while groupmates take notes. Finally, groups conduct a similar analysis of a romantic greeting card and compare its message to that of the sonnet. Two student handouts are included.
Students investigate how sound influences meaning in poetry by listening to sonnets. They write an analysis after listening to and reading sonnets.
Second graders write rhyming poems. In this poetry writing lesson, 2nd graders discuss the meaning of the word "funny." They use word tiles to create a rhyming poem which they transpose into their writing journals. They listen to readings from Shel Silverstein's, Where the Sidewalk Ends." They use the tiles to compose a quatrain which they also write in their journals.
Read William Wordsworth's "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" with your poetry enthusiasts. First, learners review seven literary terms (like quatrain, hyperbole, and alliteration), and then they read the poem at hand. Using the second page, they focus on each of four stanzas, summarizing the events.
Students write a sonnet using iambic pentameter. They select appropriate lyric topics, follow the rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet, display an understanding of sonnet structure and share their sonnets with their classmates.
Pupils review the fantasy of Alice in Wonderland and discuss the author. After reading the poem, "Jabberwocky," they look up unfamiliar words in the dictionary. Working as partners, they create a list of "protmanteau" or invented words found in the poem.
Students investigate historical context by reading poetry. For this language arts lesson, students discover the work of Michael Longley and examine his poem "Ceasefire." Students identify the sonnets used in the piece and discuss the personal relationships of the characters.
The Bard, Mikki Giovanni, Mos Def? “Sonnet 18,” Ego Tripping,” and “Black on Both Sides”? Sure! It’s the poetics. Class members compare the lyrics, rhythm, and rhyme in classic poetry to hip-hop in a richly detailed resource that includes audio and video features. To conclude the lesson, participants craft and perform their own poems. Be sure to preview all materials to ensure the appropriateness for your classroom and community.
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Create a wanted poster for Puck. Assume the voice of Lady Macbeth and respond to her husband’s request for advice. Come to a feast dressed in Elizabethan clothing. Reenact a scene from one of Shakespeare’s plays, complete with costumes, props, and sound effects. Take a virtual tour of the Globe Theater. Imagine the places learners will go with a series of activities designed to accompany a study of Shakespeare. The packet includes exercises designed specifically for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, and The Taming of the Shrew, and others that would work with any of Shakespeare’s plays.
Why have your writers analyze the themes in literature in boring prose when you can have them practice their creativity and writing skills by producing an explication of a novel’s theme through verse? Start by explaining different types of poetry and poetic devices they can use, and discuss the most important parts of the novel that your readers can explore. They write, collaborate, revise, and submit their creation to the instructor. Modification can be made to have your middle schoolers create a visual representation of their theme or, instead of a written assessment, the class can present their findings through a poetry slam.
Present your class with an overview of poetry-related information. The slides are clearly organized by topic, starting with reading poetry, ending with myths, and touching on everything from the five senses to open and closed forms of poetry. The vocabulary used in the slides is relatively high-level, as is most of the information.
What was the relationship like between George and Martha Washington? To protect their privacy, Martha Washington destroyed all her husband’s letters after his death so historians have little evidence of their lives together. Two letters were later found in an old desk. After examining these writings as a class, pairs lists words and phrases that reveal Washington’s feelings for his wife, and then share their lists with the whole class. Individuals use these lists to imagine the relationships of this famous couple, assume the role of Washington, and craft a sonnet from him to his wife. Directions for writing an English sonnet are included.