Exploring the Elements of Poetry Introduction Task Resources Evaluation Conclusion Standards A WebQuest for 6th Grade (Reading) Designed by – Cindy Gregory
Introduction Poetry can sometimes seem like it’s an encrypted message from outer space. Throughout the next few days, you will work your way through this webquest to learn to decipher this secret code. This webquest will guide you to explore several different websites that will help you learn to be a better reader and thinker. You will be a step closer to understanding poetry.
Your Task The first step in understanding the secret code of poetry is looking into the language in which it is written. You will explore several elements of poetry: mood, tone, imagery, personification, simile, alliteration, onomatopoeia, assonance, refrain, and rhyme scheme. Follow the instructions that follow on the next few slides and write your responses on your answer sheet.
Task 1: Mood, Metaphor, Tone • Go to Poem Hunter to read the poem Democracy, by Langston Hughes. • What is an example of a metaphor in this poem? • How would you describe the mood of the poem? • How would you describe the author’s tone? Explain. • Define democracy. Why do you think Langston Hughes wrote this poem in 1949?
Task 2: Alliteration, Refrain, and Rhyme Scheme Go to Visualize Poetry and read Two Inches Tall, by Shel Silverstein. 5. What would be considered the refrain? 6. List 2 examples of alliteration. 7. This poem follows the rhyme scheme of AABBBC. Write an additional stanza for this poem using the same rhyme scheme.
Task 3: Simile Go to Baseball Alamanac and read Robert Francis’ poem, The Base Stealer. 8. What is an example of a simile written in the poem? 9. What two things is the poem comparing through the use of simile?
Task 4: Personification Visit the site, Thinkquest, to read 3 examples of personification. 10. List an example of personification from each of the three poems given.
Task 5: Imagery Read the poem, White Eyes, by visiting The Poetry Foundation. 11. Think about the imagery in this poem and describe how this poem uses imagery.
Task 6: Assonance In the poem, We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks, many examples of assonance are used. Read her poem at The Poetry Foundation and complete the task. 12. Give three examples of assonance from the poem.
Task 7: Onomatopoeia The poems found at Funny Poems contain several examples of onomatopoeia. 13. List 6 words in the poem that are onomatopoeia. 14. Think of 3 additional examples of your own.
Your Next Task The next step to understanding the secret code is to examine some famous poets. You will discover specific examples of how poets can use this language. Take the time to read the examples and make some connections with the "codes" you have learned so far.
Task 8: Jack Prelutsky Listen to Mr. Prelusky read his poem, "Louder than a Clap of Thunder“. 15. What are 5 comparisons to how loud father snores? 16. Read his biography. What was one of his favorite foods he wrote a poem about?
Task 9: Brod Bagert Most of Broad Bagert’s poetry is written to be funny and read aloud. 17. How does Brod Bagert explain writing in voice? 18. What is Jennifer's Secret?
Task 10: Kenn Nesbitt Visit Poet Kenn Nesbitt and his site Poetry for Kids. Click on frequently asked questions. 19 What does Mr. Nesbitt say about why he writes poetry?
Task 11: Robert Pottle Visit the site of Robert Pottle. Look over his list of funny poems. 20.Choose two of them to read and then rate it from 1-5 (1 being least and 5 being best). 21.What the name of the teacher that left the voice mail message?
Task 12:Robert Frost Read Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken. 22. What do you think he meant by “I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference”?
Your Final Task To further crack the “poetic code,” you will need to examine different types of poems and experiment with using the code to write some of your own.
Task 13: Acrostic Go to this site to explore and write your own acrostic poem. 23. What is an acrostic poem? 24. Write and print one online. Attach it to your answer sheet.
Task 14: Diamante Go to this site to explore and write your own diamante poem. 25. What is a diamante poem? 26. Write and print one online. Attach it to your answer sheet.
Task 15: Haiku Go to this site to explore and write your own haiku. 27. What is a haiku? 28. Use the online haiku maker and write yours down on your answer sheet.
Wrap Up 29. Agree or Disagree: I enjoy exploring topics through webquests. 30. From 1-10 (1 being least and 10 being most), how much did you learn about poetry through this webquest?
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Conclusion You have unlocked the secret code of poetry. It should no longer seem like an encrypted message. Congratulations!