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Teaching Poetry

Bio Poem

Definition:  A bio poem is a simple poem written about a person, and it follows a predictable pattern.Bio poems generally don't rhyme, and they can be autobiographical or biographical.


Beacon Learning Center:  Resource for writing Bio Poem

Bio Poem Made EASY:  Resource for writing Bio Poem

EXAMPLE FROM BIO POEM MADE EASY


Laura 
Dedicated, creative, caring 
Lover of black cats, great books, and warm chocolate chip cookies 
Who wonders if there is life on other planets 
Who fears that we may be destroying our own planet 
Who feels happy and peaceful when she’s kayaking the Lumber River 
Who would like to travel to distant lands and hike far away mountains 
Who dreams that this year all her students will discover the joy of reading! 
Laura

















Found Poetry 

According to Poets.org Found Poems are defined as follows:
Found poems take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage, found poetry is often made from newspaper articles, street signs, graffiti, speeches, letters, or even other poems. 
A pure found poem consists exclusively of outside texts: the words of the poem remain as they were found, with few additions or omissions. Decisions of form, such as where to break a line, are left to the poet.
Titanic is our jumping off point for more than just research.  To that end, my students are also using Titanic as the subject for their poetry unit.  First, we are writing "Found Poems" using text from Titanic Book One * Unsinkable by Gordon Korman.  Here is the sample poem students were given as a model.


The Unsinkable Titanic

A flash of color among the endless waves (p.1)
Dark water, light swells (p. 1)
The Titanic was more than a steamship (p.1)
A Floating City (p. 1)
The ship beneath their feet moved effortlessly through the water (p.168)
A Surge of confidence and pride that the maiden voyage could not be in better hands. (p. 168)
A message from the shipping lanes (p.170)
Ice has been reported (p. 170)
The horizon was dotted with distant bergs (p.2)
Something was wrong (p. 150)
The Collision was so sudden, so shocking  (p. 142)
How could so much become so little? (p. 2)
The unsinkable Titanic (p. 3)
Credit:  Found Poem created with text from Titanic Book One * Unsinkable by Gordon Korman

Here are a few of our student poems:




Mistress of the Sea

A floating city (p.1)
Neither a millionaire’s mansion nor a king’s palace was more lavishly appointed than this mistress of the sea (p. 11)
She was a dazzling sight (p.11)
No force of nature could destroy this floating wonderland (p. 53)
The first class dining salon was so huge so fancy so gorgeous (p. 54)
The carpets so plush so thick you sink down to your ankles (p. 42)
The unsinkable Titanic (p. 6)
The mistress of the sea (p.11)

By B.H.
Credit:  Found Poem created with text from Titanic Book One * Unsinkable by Gordon Korman

Magnificent Vessel

This magnificent vessel (p.168)
As good as a letter of introduction from King George (p.30)
Cut the waves (p.168)
Glittered in the morning sun (p. 44)
A marvel of engineering (p. 60)
Lay at the bottom of the sea (p1)
there (p.55)
the rest of the world simply did not exisit (p.77)


By T.W.
Credit:  Found Poem created with text from Titanic Book One * Unsinkable by Gordon Korman

The Criteria which students were to use:
Poem must have at least a minimum of eight lines 
Page numbers must be given at the end of each line
Poems title must come from the text
Poem must pertain to the Titanic
Poem must have also include an image
Poem must be created using Titanic Book One * Unsinkable by Gordon Korman

What do you think of found poetry?  Have you used/written Found Poems?  Let us know!

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View the video and follow the directions to create you Pi Poem.  Use as much of Pi or as little as you like.  Have fun!


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Weeping in the Deep

Mighty ship
Sunk
Hidden in dark
Cold
Weeping in the deep
Hopes and dreams dead with those asunder
Drifting
Forever in shadows
Its former self
Gone with waves
A Tale of heaven
Turned into a story of forboding hell

By T.W.

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The Sinking

Titanic
Dark
Cold outside and
Wet
Turning to its side
Sinking into the freezing water
She's gone
Some people in lifeboats
Some people have drowned
Bright lights shine
On the ocean blue
Carpathia come to the rescue

By T.T.

Have you written a Piaku or Pi Poem?  If you have, share one of your with us!

Happy Pi Day and Happy Reading!
Things You Can Read
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books!





View the video and follow the directions to create you Pi Poem.  Use as much of Pi or as little as you like.  Have fun!


3.14159265359...

Weeping in the Deep

Mighty ship
Sunk
Hidden in dark
Cold
Weeping in the deep
Hopes and dreams dead with those asunder
Drifting
Forever in shadows
Its former self
Gone with waves
A Tale of heaven
Turned into a story of forboding hell

By T.W.

Typography Frame Advertisement Stock Image

The Sinking

Titanic
Dark
Cold outside and
Wet
Turning to its side
Sinking into the freezing water
She's gone
Some people in lifeboats
Some people have drowned
Bright lights shine
On the ocean blue
Carpathia come to the rescue

By T.T.

Have you written a Piaku or Pi Poem?  If you have, share one of your with us!

Happy Pi Day and Happy Reading!
Things You Can Read
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books!

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Two -Voice Poetry

What is a Two-Voice poem? 

Two-voice poetry is written for two people to perform. The poetry usually
has two columns—one for each person who is reading the poem. Each
person reading the poem reads the text in one of the columns. Sometimes,
the poet wants the two readers to say something at the same time; so the
poet writes the words on the same line in each column. These poems often
sound like a dialogue for two people.

How do I write poetry for two voices?

Just like all poetry, poems for two voices need an idea. Nature makes great
subject matter for poetry for two voices, but two voice poems can also be
written about school, current events, or events in literature.

In writing your own poem for two voices, think about ideas that need
discussion or make for great dialogue. List 3 ideas from your own life that
might make for good poetry with more than one voice.
1.
2.
3.

With your writing partner, or in groups, brainstorm a list of words that are
important to your idea. (You don’t have to use all of these, but ask other
poets what words they

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