Ideas Index

"Simple Louisiana Poetry"

Michelle Racca
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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