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Poetry Machine  Includes Haiuk,Cinquain, Limerick and Free Verse.



Let's explore different types of Expression. Below are helpful hints for creating poems in many different formats!





Acrostic Poems









This tool allows students to develop an outline of a person whose biography or autobiography they have just read; it can also be used before students write their own autobiography. Specific prompts ask students to describe a person’s significance, background, and personality. The finished printout can be folded into a fun cube shape that can be used for future reference.

Visit this interactive tool at: http://readwritethink.org/materials/bio_cube/.


Diamante Poems

This online tool enables students to learn about and write diamante poems. Examples, definitions of parts of speech, and elements of the writing process are also included.


Eye on Idioms

Eye on Idioms can be used to introduce students to idioms. The activity includes a series of exercises, in which students view the literal representations of seven idioms and then examine the metaphorical meanings of the idioms.


Composing Cinquain Poems with Basic Parts of Speech

Cinquain ("cin-kain") is a five-line form that uses a syllable count of two-four-six-eight-two. A "cinquain" (from cinq the French word for five) usually follows this organization:

Penguin and cinquain poem
Line 1: a one-word line, a noun, that gives the poem its title
Line 2: two adjectives that describes what the poem is about
Line 3: three action -ing verbs that describe something the subject of the poem does
Line 4: a phrase that indicates a feeling related to the subject of the poem
Line 5: a one-word line, noun, that sums about the poem is about, essentially renaming it



http://childrensbooks.suite101.com/article.cfm/how_to_write_a_cinquain  shows examples



Examples of cinquain http://courses.missouristate.edu/ShaeJohnson/CinquainPoetryInstrucandEx.htm

Definition of Quatrain Poetry Type

A Quatrain Poetry Type or literary term is a stanza or poem of four lines. Lines 2 and 4 must rhyme. Lines 1 and 3 may or may not rhyme. Rhyming lines should have a similar number of syllables. A famous example of a Quatrain is detailed below by


Craft of Poetry Home

Quatrains are four line stanzas of any kind, rhymed, metered, or otherwise. Like the couplet, there are many variations of the quatrain. Some of the more popular as passed through tradition are:  



[edit] Steps

  1. Read examples of quatrains
    • A summer day, a winter night,

      Fluffy Clouds, stars shine bright,

      Appreciate all, here on earth,

      Mother Nature, what is she worth?

    • Oh the birds are singing,

      In a nest of broken sticks,

      Look what they are bringing,

      It's nutrition for their chicks.

    • Shakespeare uses lots of quatrains in his poetry and plays. He mainly writes in sonnets which contain a combination of quatrains and rhyming couplets.
  2. Choose a subject for your poem. More abstract topics such as nature or emotion are easiest to find rhyme for, however you can write about anything. It could even tell a story as your poem can have more than one stanza.
  3. Choose a rhyme scheme. It is best to choose the rhyme scheme before you start writing however you may have to change it later if you can't find anything to fit. Common rhyme schemes for a quatrain are: ABAB, AABB and ABBA. If you have more than one verse you could consider: AABA BBCB CCDC etc. or similar.
    • An example of ABAB rhyme scheme would be:

      A:Today there was some snow

      B: It's falling down a treat

      A:Then the wind began to blow

      B: And now it's turned to sleet.

    • Notice how all the "A" lines rhyme and all the "B" lines rhyme.
    • The first example in step one is ABAB rhyme scheme. The second is AABB.
  4. Start writing. Use a rhyming dictionary or thesaurus for help if you get stuck on rhymes. Remember you might not always be able to say everything how you like because you are constricted by a rhyme scheme, but you may change from the rhyme scheme you chose to begin with.
    • The first line is the base of your poem because they don't have to rhyme with anything yet. Start with this.
    • Brain storm a list of words that rhyme with the last word of the line you've written, but try to find ones that can be related to your topic.
    • The first line is always called "A" so check the rhyme scheme you've chosen and see where the line that rhymes with A (also called A) fits into your poem.
    • Build on the words you've brainstormed so they become a line. For beginners, try and create lines all of similar lengths.
    • After that work on the "B" rhymes - or if possible, be working on these along side the previous steps.
    • Sometimes you'll be stuck in a rut and there are no rhymes that fit. That is OK and is very likely to happen. You need to back track and change some of the other lines, this is all part of writing a poem.
  5. Read your stanza aloud to check it flows naturally. At this point you may need to change the amount of syllables in each line or choose different words in order to have the best possible quatrain.
  6. Check spelling and grammar.
  7. Decide if you want more than one stanza and if so, repeat the previous step. Following quatrains often have the same rhyme scheme. Although this is not mandatory it will make your poem sound better generally.




The worried efforts of the busy heap,

The dirt, the imprecision, and the fear,

Produce a few smart wisecracks every year;

Laugh if you can, but you will have to leap.



Letter Poem Creator

The Letter Poem Creator provides an online model for the thought process involved in creating poems based upon a letter; then, students are invited to experiment with letter poems independently.


Riddle Interactive
The Riddle Interactive outlines the characteristics of riddle poems and provides direct instruction on the prewriting and drafting process for writing original riddle poems.


Riddle Interactive Screenshot

Shape Poems
In this online tool, elementary students can write poems about shapes in four different themes: Nature, School, Sports, and Celebrations. Elements of the writing process are also included.


Word Mover for Holes
This interactive invites students to create a found poem by grabbing tiles of words from the novel Holes.


Word Mover screenshot

Word Mover for “I Have a Dream”
This interactive invites students to create a found poem by grabbing tiles of words from Martin Luther King’s "I Have a Dream" speech.

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