Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Review citation guidelines -

Sample poetry citation:

Shakespeare, William. "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun (Sonnet 130)." The Academy of American Poets. 1997. The Academy of American Poets, Inc. 20 Apr. 2009 .

Work on poetry projects and fixed form poems.

HW: Demonstrate progress on your project tomorrow. Fixed form poems due Friday.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Open House Letters!
Pass out Poetry Project Requirements sheet

HW: Begin thinking about the poet you want to study for your poetry project.

Monday, March 30, 2009


TPS-FAST Analysis of two poems: "I Hear America Singing" by Walt Whitman and "I, Too Sing America" by Langston Hughes

HW: Think about the poet you might want to study for your poetry project...

Monday, March 23, 2009


Everything you ever wanted to know about rhyme and sound but were afraid to ask:

onomatopoeia - words that sound like what they do--"Batman" words or "Rice Krispies" words (snap, crackle, and pop; buzz, clang, howl, flutter, etc.)
end rhyme - words that sound alike on the final syllable (contains assonance AND consonance) (begin and win)
masculine rhyme - words that sound alike on only one syllable (begin and win; undo and blue)
feminine rhyme - words that sound alike on more than one syllable (beginning and winning; fluttering, stuttering, and buttering)
eye rhyme - words that are spelled similarly but have different sounds (have and gave)
slant rhyme - the use of assonance or consonance--when words "kind of rhyme" (begin and sing; tenth and bell; trance and prince)
assonance - repeated vowel sounds (begin and sing; tenth and bell)
consonance - repeated consonant sounds (trance and prince; delicate and dark; clinking and thankful)
alliteration - repetition of initial consonant sounds, usually for a playful or humorous effect (dark, dank, and dreary) NOTE: This is a type of consonance.

Read and analyze "A Fire-Truck" by Richard Wilbur using TPS-FAST. Pay particular attention to sound devices.

HW: For Wednesday, write a poem about friendship, love, heartache, death, or something you see every day that uses sound and some kind of rhyme for effect.

Friday, March 20, 2009


TPS-FAST analysis for two poems:
"A Clear Midnight" by Walt Whitman
"The Fly" by William Blake
"The Parakeets" by Alberto Blanco, trans. by W.S. Merwin
"Spring is like a perhaps hand" by e.e. cummings

HW: For Monday, write a poem relating to an aspect of nature in which you use one or more of the following techniques: unusual punctuation, repetition of verb endings (-ing or -ed), rhetorical questions, or apostrophe.

Thursday, March 19, 2009


TPS-FAST Analysis as a class: "Grass" by Carl Sandburg

HW: For tomorrow, write a poem in which you EITHER
1) compare two people
2) reflect on an event from the perspective of an inanimate object
use personification, metaphor, color symbolism, and/or repetition

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Finish satire presentations

HW: None :-)