How to Write a Poem

  • Poetry

    CHARACTER POEM WORKSHEET

    NAME DATE

    Fill in the blanks with a several words or phrases about the character. Be creative and descriptive. Give as much information as you can.

    (first name of character)______________________________________________

    Lives in ____________________________________________________________

    where ______________________________________________________________

    Hears _________________________________________________________________,

    Sees __________________________________________________________________,

    Touches _______________________________________________________________,

    Needs _________________________________________________________________,

    Fears _________________________________________________________________,

    Gives _________________________________________________________________,

    Wonders ______________________________________________________________,

    Dreams _______________________________________________________________,

    Believes ______________________________________________________________,

    Loves ______________________________________________________________and

    Is ___________________________________________________________________.

    (last name of character) __________________________________________________.

    Now, choose the best lines you wrote. (Choose at least 6) Rewrite on lined paper as a poem about the character.

    Write a List Poem

    Directions:

    Some of the most interesting poems are nothing more than lists of things.  Start by thinking of an interesting place in your house that has an unusual assortment of things in it to write about.  Consider one of these suggestions (What’s on the top shelf of my closet?  What’s under my bed? What’s in corner of the basement?  What’s in the pocket of my winter coat? What’s in that old box in the garage? What’s in the kitchen junk drawer?) or come up with one of your own.  Make that your opening line.  The rest of the poem is just a list of the items you find there.

    Sample:

    What’s in the kitchen junk drawer
    One bag of AA batteries from 1984
    A Scotch tape dispenser that doesn’t
    Pieces of curly, dried out contact paper
    Twisty ties that never will again
    Stained Domino’s Pizza menus
    Expired coupons and old Acme receipts
    Sticky pennies
    Dusty tic tacs melted onto a paper clip

    Top of Form

    WHAT’S IN THE ________________________________________________

     

    LINE               NAME             DESCRIBE

     

    1                                                                                                                                             

     

    2                                                                                                                                             

     

    3                                                                                                                                             

     

    4                                                                                                                                             

     

    5                                                                                                                                             

     

    6                                                                                                                                             

     

    7                                                                                                                                             

     

    8                                                                                                                                             

     

    9                                                                                                                                             

     

     

    Writing a Sonnet

     14-line poem

     10 syllables in each line

     

    4 sections to the poem                                    Rhyme Scheme                                                           

    • 1st Quatrain-4 lines               a-b-a-b                  line1 rhymes with line 3

                                                                                               line 2 rhymes with line 4

     

    • 2nd Quatrain-4 lines               c-d-c-d                                             
    • 3rd Quatrain-4lines                 e-f-e-f
    • The Couplet-2 lines                 g-g                          the final two lines rhyme

     

     

    1. Choose a subject for the poem_______________________________.

     

    1. Make a list of as many words as you can think of that relate to the subject or person in your sonnet.

     

    1. Now try to find rhyming words for your list.

     

    1. Write lines 1 and 3 together.

     

    1. Remember to count your syllables.   
    • When you have too many syllables, take out small unnecessary words like (the, and, a, an, his, she, it)
    • When you don’t have enough syllables add small words.

     

    1. Write lines 2 and 4 together.

     

    1. Put the lines in order.

     

    Subject-Don Haskins

     

    List of words                            Rhymes                                   

     

    Start five                                   jive, hive

    Discrimination (5)                      nation(2), dedication(4)

    Texas heat                               feet, sleet, meet, meat, defeat

    Best                                          jest, lest

    Coach                                       poach, roach,

    Gambler                                    rambler

    Pool                                          cool, fool

    Honesty                                    integrity

    Man                                         hand, land, fan, can, band

    Black                                       lack, fact, hack, smack

    White                                       fight, right, might,

    Basketball(3)                            hall, ball, fall, mall, call

     

    WRITE LINES 1 AND 3 TOGETHER

    Line 1---Don Haskins dared to play five blacks, his best

     

    Line 3---To start the lesser men would be in jest

     

    WRITE LINES 2 AND 4 TOGETHER

    Line 2---A tournament seen across the nation

     

    Line 4---Crashing through racial discrimination.

     

    NOW PUT THE LINES IN ORDER.

     

    Don Haskins dared to play five blacks, his best

    A tournament seen across the nation

    To start the lesser men would be in jest

    Crashing through racial discrimination.

     

    By nature, hard-working, dedication,                               

    Coach, ethical, moral, an honest man.

    No black, no white, no discrimination.           

    Loudly his actions would ring through our land.

     

    Always a challenge, always a gambler

    El Paso basketball, the Texas heat

    Loyal to Texas, never a rambler

    Prejudice, racism now in defeat

     

    A coach of distinction with honesty

    A man, Texas legend, integrity.