How to Write a Poem
CHARACTER POEM WORKSHEET
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 ____________________________________________________________
(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
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.
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
Dusty tic tacs melted onto a paper clip
Top of Form
WHAT’S IN THE ________________________________________________
LINE NAME DESCRIBE
Writing a Sonnet
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
- Choose a subject for the poem_______________________________.
- Make a list of as many words as you can think of that relate to the subject or person in your sonnet.
- Now try to find rhyming words for your list.
- Write lines 1 and 3 together.
- 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.
- Write lines 2 and 4 together.
- Put the lines in order.
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,
Pool cool, fool
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.