|"Simple Louisiana Poetry"
McNeese State University Education Student
"As it stands, the assignment requires
two quatrains. I also include another handout with tips (poetic devices)
to help the students add interest to their poems.
I read excerpts from other students
and my own for my anticipatory set. I will give a brief overview of correct
poetry form and devices. Then, I model the assignment. And
also, I hope to provide factual information
about the history of the state symbols."
This assignment allows students to write
a simple eight line poem about one of our state symbols. Even though the
directions seem overly simple, most seventh graders work better within
a strict structure (from past experience).
First explain to students that their poem
must rhyme in an "A,A,B,B,C,C,D,D" pattern or an "A,B,A,B,C,D,C,D". We
have also found that a strict 8 or 12 syllable line works best.
Explain how to count syllables. Give examples.
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