Forms of Poetry Webquest

Introduction: Poets are some of the most creative people on the planet. Most people don't think they have what it takes to write poetry but anyone can do it with enough practice! Poetry is not an ancient practice, but is still used today, even to talk about current issues.

Famous Poets

Task: Today, you will take on the roles of researcher, poet and poetry critic. After researching 3 different types of poems, you will create your own poem in groups and reflect upon at least one other group's poem.

Process: 1) Get into your discussion groups and follow this link to the corresponding page. Read about sonnets, limericks and haikus. Next, review the examples below as well.

2) After carefully reading through the link above, open your class notebook to a new page and summarize the rules each poem needs to follow. Make sure to include at least 2-3 rules per poetic form.

3) Discuss with your group: which of these poems is your favorite? Why? Be specific!

4) Now you know how to write three different types of poems, but before you can try out your new knowledge, you need something to write about! Click the link below and read the two articles about South Korea's impeachment of their president. Read as closely as possible since you will be writing your poem on this topic!

5) Choose one of the three forms and (in your class notebook) begin brainstorming ideas for your poem related to either of the articles above. You can take the perspective of the president, the people or an outsider. Use words that invoke feelings and images. You may use any of the rhetorical devices we learned about in the last unit.

6) Once you have enough ideas on your page, look back at your notes and begin writing your poem. Remember to follow the rules of the specific poetic form you have chosen!

7) Review and revise your poem. Make sure to check the rubric if you have any questions or aren't sure how to proceed. Once you are done, open the link to the class PowerPoint below. Be sure to post the title of poem in the heading section of the slide and post the poem itself in the text box to the left.

8) Congratulations you're almost done! Now that you've become a poet yourself, it's time to put yourself in the shoes of a poetry critic. Choose a poem and discuss it in your groups. Post your comments and reflections in the text box to the right of the chosen poem. Remember to attach your name to poem and reflection.

Consider the following questions as guidelines:

1) What perspective did the poet take? Why?

2) Did they effectively portray their opinion of the event? Why or why not?

3) Did they follow the rules regarding the poetic form they chose? Etc.

Conclusion: Poetry is not something of the past, but is used even today to express ideas, emotions, and pain in an artistic way. Now, you will reflect on what you have learned during this webquest. In your journals, write a reflection answering the following questions:

1) Was it difficult to write a cohesive poem as a group? Why or why not?

2) How is poetry a way that we can connect with things happening around us?

3) If you had to write the poem yourself, would you have changed anything? If so, what would you have changed?

4) What was the most difficult aspect of this project and why?

Evaluation (Rubric):

Parameters of a sonnet:

• 14-line poem

• 3 quatrains (4-line stanzas)

• followed by 1 couplet (2-line stanza)

• Rhyming scheme of ABAB CDCD EFEF GG

Parameters of Haiku

• 3-line poem

• 1st line: 5 syllables

• 2nd line: 7 syllables

• 3rd line: 5 syllables

Parameters of Limerick

• 5-line poem

• 1st 2nd and 5th lines: 7-10 syllables and rhyme

• 3rd and 4th lines: 5-7 syllables and rhyme

• Humorous/witty


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