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Poetry Anthology

DUE: _____________________
Project Guidelines An anthology is collection of literary pieces, such as poems, short stories, or plays. For this project, you will be reading and writing different types of poetry, to help create your own Poetry Anthology. 1. You will be writing a minimum of nine poems and reading and reflecting on at least 2poems written by another poet. Your nine personal poems, as well as the two you read, need to be neatly handwritten or typed on the computer. If you choose to handwrite your poems, (in print or cursive) please try to use a pen, rather than a pencil. Each poem needs to be written on a separate piece of 8 x 11 paper. Please use paper that is white or off white. (regular computer/copy paper is fine) Please do not use the back of the paper. For each poem, you will need to include the title and type/form of the poem (haiku, concrete, etc). At least three poems must include a colored illustration. You may choose the medium (crayons, water color paint, markers, a collage, photographs, etc). Poems can be hand drawn or computer clip art images. You can include the illustration on the same page as the poem or on a new page. Anthology Cover - You will need to create your own book cover. a. The book cover must have a title for your anthology, which you will come up with on your own. (Ex: Ms. Colemans Poetry Anthology or My Poetry Anthology) b . You may create the cover using any type of paper you wish. (Computer paper,
construction paper, scrapbook paper, cardstock, etc)




c. d.

You will also need to include an illustration, which can be hand drawn or images from the computer. The cover also needs to include your name, the year, 5 th grade, and the names of your teachers: Mr. Fritzky and Mrs. Marangon.


Table of Contents a. Each poem needs to go in the order listed. (Cinquain, Concrete, Haiku, 2 Optional,
2Favorite with Reflections)

b. c.

Each poem must include the type of poem and a title in quotation marks. Page numbers are optional (if you choose to include page numbers in your table of contents, you will also need to number all the pages, including illustrations in the bottom right hand corner of each page)
See example on page 8


Introduction a. Please include a 1-2 paragraph self-reflection about you as a poet and your anthology. This introduction will be the first page after the table of contents in your anthology. b. Use the following questions to help guide your writing.
i. ii. iii. iv. v. vi. What are your inspirations for writing poetry? What do you like best about your poetry? What do you appreciate about poetry and other poets? What can the reader expect from your poetry collection? Which poems did you enjoy writing or reading the most? Did your feelings about poetry change as you completed this unit?

See example on page 8


Binding Please bring all components for your anthology to class unbound. (Paperclip together or compile in a folder) We will bind them at school. Required Personal Poems (3) a. You will write & illustrate one poem for these 3 types: Cinquain, Concrete, and Haiku. Optional Personal Poems (6) a. You will choose 6 different types of poems to write, from the 8 listed under Optional poems. You will need to illustrate each of the poems you write. b. 9 Choices: Color, Creature Alliteration, Five Senses, Rhyming, Free Verse, Moral, Pessimistic, I am or a Limerick.




Favorite Poems (2) a. You will need to choose 2 poems to which you connect with or really enjoyed reading. You can use books with poems from the classroom library, the school library, or your own personal collection. b. Please type or handwrite each poem exactly as it is found in the book. Please also include the title in quotation marks, the poets name, the type of poem

c. d.


(if possible), and where you found the poem (Ex: From Shel Silversteins A Light in the Attic). Include an Illustration for each poem. After each poem (on the same page or a new page if the poem is long), you will write 1-2 descriptive paragraphs about the poem, explaining the reasons you chose it and why you found it interesting or important. Each paragraph should be 5-7 sentences. Use the questions below to guide your analysis.
i. ii. iii. iv. v. vi. vii. viii. ix. x. Why did you choose this poem? What is the poem about? How is the poem organized? Are there stanzas or a shape? Does the poem rhyme? If so, what is the rhyme pattern/scheme? Are any words or names repeated or that stand out? Are there metaphors or similes in the poem? Do they have symbolic meaning? How does the poem sound? Does the poet use alliteration or onomatopoeia? What is the mood or tone of the poem? How does the poem make you feel when you read it? How do you connect with the poem?

See example on page 7


Poetry Websites a. b. c. d.

Required Poems (3)

1. Cinquain Poem a. Cinq means five in French. A cinquain is a special kind of five-line poem with a very strict form.
Line 1 One word the subject of the poem This word is a noun. Line 2 Two words describing the title These words are adjectives Line 3 Three words expressing action These are verbs that tell what the noun in line one does. Separate the verbs with commas. Line 4 Four words expressing a feeling This can be a short phrase or a series of words. Line 5 One word that is another word for the subject. This should be a synonym for the subject.



While writing Cinquains it is helpful to use a clustering brainstorm to get your images organized. You want your Cinquain to flow around one central idea. A cluster will help your poem stay on target. Websites:

Cats Independent, friendly Meowing, purring, sleeping I love my cat Feline

Motorcycle Noisy, fast Racing, climbing, crashing Fun on two wheels Dirt bike

Eyes Large, mysterious Watching, rolling, blinking Tell more than words Vision


Concrete Poem a. A concrete poem, or shape poem, is written to represent objects, which they describe. The poem can be written in the shape of the object. Artwork adds to the visual effect of this type of poem. It is a kind of painting with letters or words as the medium. You can use the concrete poem we wrote in class or write a new one. You can practice writing concrete (shape) poems at this interactive site:




Haiku Poem a. Haiku is a form of ancient Japanese poetry. The poems are often written about things in nature or seasons. They are also written about emotions or feelings about something. b. Haiku poems are not written as complete sentences. They are more often written as short thoughts and capitalization and punctuation are up to the writer. Include images that appeal to the five senses. What colors do you see? What sounds can you hear? What is the taste of the image? What smells do you notice? How does it feel? c. Since you are very limited in the number of syllables you can use, try not to repeat words and limit the use of unimportant words. You can use the haiku poem you wrote in class or write a new one. d. Try using similes and/or metaphors in your poem. e. Websites:
i. ii. Art of Haiku Poetry - Haiku -

Haiku follows this form: Line 1. 5 syllables Line 2. 7 syllables Line 3. 5 syllables Examples: Waking up to chirps Birds singing in the morning Beautiful bird songs

The evening sun sets Brilliant colors glimmering Beautiful sunsets

Optional Poems (Choose 6)

1. Color Poem a. Color poems use your imagination and senses to investigate a subject. The focus of the poem is on using similes and metaphors. b. Similes compare two unlike things using with words like or as. For example: "The lake is like a whirlpool". Metaphors are like similes without using the word "like" or as. They state that one thing is something else. An example of a metaphor is The lake is a whirlpool.

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1: ________ (color) is 2: ________ (color) is 3: ________ (color) is 4: ________ (color) is 5: ________ (color) smells like 6: ________ (color) tastes like 7: ________ (color) sounds like 8: ________ (color) looks like 9: ________ (color) feels like 10: ________ (color) makes me 11: ________ (color) is

Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue

is the color of the sky. is the waves in the ocean crashing against the shore. is the feeling I get sometimes when Im sad. is the icy color of glacial snow. smells like freshly washed bed sheets. tastes like blueberry Kool-Aid. sounds like jets soaring through the clouds. looks like the clear waters of the Hawaiian waters as Im snorkeling. feels like the snow on my face while Im skiing in Colorado makes me want to put on my coat, hat and gloves. is my brothers favorite color.

2. Creature Alliteration Poem a. In alliteration, each important word in the line begins with the same letter. This type of poem will make use of alliteration to describe a creature. It is supposed to be a humorous, whimsical form of poetry. The main words in each line will all begin with the letter you choose to alliterate. b. Each line of the poem (except line 1) should have at least 4 words alliterating with the letter you chose. Do not repeat alliterating words you have already used. The use of a dictionary is especially helpful in writing this type of poem.

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1. Name your creature (add ian to the end of the word) 2. Tell 4 alliterating words about where your creature lives. 3. Tell 4 alliterating words about what your creature eats. 4. Tell 4 alliterating words what your creature likes. 5. Tell 4 alliterating words about something about your creature. 6. Tell 4 alliterating words about something your creature did to you.



This is a principalian. Principalians live in perfect, purple pyramids on the plains of Peru. Principalians politely eat pudding pops, and pickled pig feet with pepper on plates while drinking Pepsi. They also love pepperoni pizza. Principalians poke peas with pencils, ponder perplexing puzzles, and perform procedures on penguins. Principalians pose for pictures while printing poetry, practice perspective and paint pottery. They persuade people to purchase perfume. This principalian prescribed a painless pill for me and panicked when I pretended to perish.


Five Senses Poem a. Five senses poems use your senses to study or investigate a subject. The focus of the poem is on using similes. Similes are comparisons between two unlike things using with words like or as. Directions:
Line 1. Tell what color an emotion or idea looks like to you. Line 2. Tell what the emotion or idea tastes like (imagine it has a taste) Line 3. Tell what the emotion or idea sounds like. Line 4. Tell what emotion or idea smells like. Line 5. Tell what the emotion or idea looks like. Line 6. Tell how the emotion or idea makes you feel.


Summer is yellow. It tastes like lemonade. It sounds like kids splashing in a lake. It smells like dandelions. It looks like boating. It makes me feel overjoyed.

Rain is clear. It tastes like water. It sounds like pounding on your windows. It smells like fresh pine trees. It looks like dew drops on plants It makes me feel cool.


Rhyming Poem a. Choose a rhyme scheme (pattern) from the options below to write your own rhyming poem. b. If you are going to write a rhyming poem with more than one stanza, it is common to stick to the same rhyme scheme throughout the poem with the exception of the last stanza. c. So if you choose to write a poem with four stanzas, three of the stanzas would have the same number of lines and the same rhyme scheme. The last stanza can vary.

Couplets are made up of two lines whose last words rhyme. They are often silly. Example:
The cat ate a mouse And then brought it in the house.

Triplets are made up of three lines. The rhyming pattern can be AAA or ABA. Example:
What a fine day To go out to play In the month of May.

Quatrains are made up of four lines. The rhyming pattern can be AABB or ABAB. Example:
The Purple Cow I never saw a purple cow, I never hope to see one: But I can tell you, anyhow, I'd rather see than be one. ** For help finding words that rhyme, go to


Pessimistic Poetry a. Jack Prelutsky has made this type of poetry famous. You need to find something you do not like and create a poem about it. They can make you laugh like in, Homework, Oh Homework, by Jack Prelutsky. Examples:

Homework! Oh, Homework! I hate you! You stink! I wish I could wash you away in the sink, if only a bomb would explode you to bits Homework! Oh, Homework! You're giving me fits.

I'd rather take baths You're last on my list, I simply can't see why you even exist, if you just disappeared it would tickle me pink. Homework! Oh, Homework! I hate you! You stink!

Homework! Oh, Homework! with a man-eating shark, or wrestle lion alone in the dark, eat spinach and liver, pet ten porcupines than tackle the homework my teacher assigns.

"Louder Than a Clap of Thunder!" Louder than a clap of thunder, louder than an eagle screams, louder than a dragon blunders, or a dozen football teams, louder than a four-alarmer, or a rushing waterfall, louder than a knight in armor Louder than an earthquake rumbles, louder than a tidal wave, louder than an ogre grumbles as he stumbles through his cave, louder than stampeding cattle, louder than a cannons roar, louder than a giant's rattle,

jumping from a ten-foot wall.

THAT'S how loud my father SNORES!


Poetry with a moral or something you have learned. a. Poetry can deliver powerful messages in just a few lines often better than an entire novel with hundreds of pages. It is not easy to do, but pick a topic that you have experience with. What was something that was difficult for you to go through. Chances are, it would make for a great poem. Examples: Theres Always a Time

Just A Friend I wish I could trust a friend like her, Except she makes me get up and stir. I want to tell her my secrets like old days, But I have my reasons in some ways.

Theres always a time when you have to be brave When you feel like your lifes forming into a cave Theres always a time when you feel in your heart That being brave is really hard Theres always a time when you have to be strong When you try to do the right thing not the wrong Theres always a time when you have to

I get so angry and I want to hide, 'Cause I hate when she isn't on my side. She turns against me and tells again, I cannot hang out with her and just pretend. Until she learns what she has done, I won't be able to laugh and have fun. She'll be another friend just like the rest, She'll have to give more to be my best. ~Ashley Piserchio


I Am a. This poetry follows a particular format and we worked on this together in class. If you need more help with this please see Mrs. Marangon or Mr. Fritzky. Free Verse a. The first step in writing a free verse poem is to choose a topic. Free verse, like other forms of poetry, can make a seemingly common or ordinary person, place, thing, or experience into something special or extraordinary. Use your experiences and feelings to brainstorm free verse topics. List your ideas in a notebook. Choose one of the suggested topics to write a free verse poem. b. Free verse is a controlled list of colorful, thought provoking words about a topic. Use words, phrases, or sentences about the topic. c. After recording student responses, ask them to suggest ways to organize the list so that it conveys meaning in a better way. Remind students that all good writers revise their work until they feel that the words say what they want them to say in the best way. d. You will have to revise the free verse poem several times. It will help to break your lines at different points to show how the reading can change.


Example: They Moved On

They closed their eyes They started to cry They didnt want to leave The wanted to stay Be there forever Visit the old, welcome the new They couldnt No matter what others said They couldnt stay But as it came They were less fearful Less Upset They knew It would still be hard But they stood strong They smiled

by: Kaitlyn Ahrens

They laughed They moved on


Limerick a. A limerick must be funny! b. A limerick must tell a story (although it will be quite short!) c. A limerick must have 5 lines. d. A limerick must have a rhyme scheme of aabba. In other words, the first, second, and fifth lines must rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth lines rhyme with each other although differently than lines one, two, and five. e. A limerick has a specific rhythm. The a-lines should have 5 feet, while the b-lines have only 3 feet.

Examples: Tis a favorite project of mine, A new value of pi to assign. I would fix it at 3, For its simpler, you see, Than 3point 1459.
There was an Old Man with a beard, Who said, 'It is just as I feared! Two Owls and a Hen, Four Larks and a Wren, Have all built their nests in my beard!'

An exceedingly fat friend of mine, When asked at what hour hed dine, Replied, At eleven, At three, five, and seven, And eight and a quarter past nine.