Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Model concept to write a poem

Task 1:Write a brief image of your own for each month of the year. Follow this form:

(Month) is (colour) -
(an idea for the colour and season)

When you have images for all twelve months, use them to make a poetry calendar. Or, as a group, combine images about the same months or seasons.

Task 2: Write a poem on any three of the following. A model is given below.


Things

If I were a toaster
I’d heat up like a brainstorm.
My mind would pop ideas up
like golden toast.
I’d have …………………… etc.

Animals

If I were a(n) ……..(animal)
I’d ………………… (sound)
I’d ………………… (slither, hop, creep, etc.)
like ………………..
I’d ………… and ………… and ……………..

Habitats

If I were a …………(desert, ocean, rainforest, etc.)
I’d be …………………………..
I’d have ………………………..
I’d ……………………………...

If people were

Another way to use the ‘If’ format is to shift the focus from the writer to someone else. This shift allows for a more objective kind of observation.

If people were weather
their hair would be clouds.
Their breath would be great winds.
Their ………… would be ……………. etc.
or more particularised:
If people were buildings
Uncle Zack would be a skyscraper
with steel girders for bones
and big windows for eyes.
But mom would be a tepee
in a field of goldenrod
with deer skin flaps for
her soft ears and the
smoke of a cookie baking fire
swirling upward towards
the stars.

Tasks:
1.Pick a topic for comparison (weather, buildings, trees)

2.Brainstorm parts of the chosen topic.

3.Compare each part to its human counterpart.

Poems as Stories

Some activities lend themselves more easily to a story format, for example, “If I Were from Outer Space”, “Music Poems” and “Kingdoms”. “Writing a poem as a ‘story’ does
not compromise the nature of a poem. Words sometimes need to spill out as stories before they can be constructed into poems.But poems often tell stories in their own right. It’s the careful
choice of words and use of language (similes, metaphors) that sets a poem apart from prose. In fact, many small stories are often structured to look like poems.

1 comment:

Rosia said...

Another nice post.......thanks for sharing.

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