The POETRY Issue

Week 6 of e-library at St. Joseph Catholic School

Poetry is a container. It gives shape to words and ideas!

Hello Friends!

Think of all the different containers you have in your house: bottles, cans, jars, boxes, and cartons. Often the shape of a container helps you understand the contents: milk and juice cartons, egg cartons, musical instrument cases are just a few that come to mind. Poetry is meant to do the same thing. The words chosen, the rhythm and rhyme (or no rhyme), and even the way the words are printed on a page help the reader experience a person, place, thing, idea, or emotion.

This week's issue of e-library is meant to give you an introduction to poetry. You will find here stories written as poems, tips for writing and reading poems, and a few opportunities to create your own poems. Linger longer over playful puns and wonderful words from the known and unknown.

In next week's issue there will be a gallery of photos submitted as entries in our Nature Photography Contest! Stay tuned!

Please forward any photos of your creations, buildings, writings, projects, or performances happening in your home to my email! I would love to feature your creativity in a future issue.

Be good. Pray often. Remember: you are loved!

Love and miss you all,

Mrs. Moschetto

For parents

Read this blog post to see how you can encourage your kids to write poems!

Stories for the week!


Students in grades 6-8 may be interested in reading more about the poet and storyteller who studied at the University of Virginia and achieved world wide fame for his horror stories and poems! READ this version of his most popular poem The Raven on Epic. This book has some very creepy illustrations to heighten the mood of the famous poem (If you are curious after reading this book, try locating Homer Simpson's version!)

Learn more about the writer, see photographs, and find links to his poems HERE.

Shel Silverstein! Everyone's favorite!

Use this link to this famous poet's website. Find poems to read, free wallpaper and e-cards! There are a few crazy activities under "learning resources" that include putting on a play and more.

Look right below to find the free bookmark to download!

Poetry Resources

Clues to Understanding Poetry from Ken Nesbitt!

"Poetry has a lot of terms with special meanings." This link takes you to Ken's Nesbitt's website where you will find lots fun stuff, including his poems and a poetry dictionary that defines the most common poetic terms.

Who was the first National Poet Laureate? Wait. What's that?

A poet laureate is a person who's been given the responsibility to make the reading and writing of poetry more understood and popular over a given period of time. The FIRST Poet Laureate for children was....JACK PRELUTSKY! He's hilarious! Here is a link to his NEW WEBSITE...still under construction. You will find a few of his poems, some of his photos and music (yes, he is also a muscian!) and some other silly stuff!

I love the poem in the photo and decided to illustrate it myself. Find a great poem or write one? Illustrate it and send it to me!

If you wish to know more facts about centipedes, click HERE.


Do you have a favorite song? Have you ever just read the lyrics of song and thought about the meaning without the music?

Poems have often been used as song lyrics. The PSALMS we sing at mass are an excellent example. Most of the psalms are credited to King David of Israel. Many people connect to the psalms because they are very personal and often describe how someone is feeling. Many of your favorite songs sung at mass are based on the Psalms. Below is a link to a very popular version of PSALM 103. Enjoy!

Grades 6-8 may Read here about how musician Joni Mitchell was inspired by the lyrics of a famous poem to write a song. The piece appeared on her album SHINE . The song was released 10 years after she thought her career was over, proving that poetry and music have the power lift people up in times of crisis!

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) - Matt Redman (Best Worship Song Ever) (with Lyrics)
Highlights Magazine might turn your poem into a song!

Submit your poem and the folks over at one of our favorite magazines just might jump start your career as a song writer!

Does it have to rhyme? No, but....

"The sun did not shine.

It was too wet to play.

So we sat in that house

all that cold, cold, wet day."

Dr. Seuss was The. Master. at the simple rhyming pattern associated with many poems for young children called, common rhyme. But the masters of rhyme know that it is easier to read it than to write it. Rhyming patterns can be tricky and finding a word that rhymes and makes sense for a poem can be a challenge. But if you think rhyme is sublime, use this link to a rhyming dictionary! Just plug in the word you want to rhyme and let it do the work!

Need a word? Just make one up!

When writing a story or a poem, sometimes a writer just cannot find the right word! That never bothered William Shakespeare (or Dr. Seuss)! Shakespeare lived a very long time ago, but we are forever grateful to him, as he is credited with the creation of over 1700 common words we use today! Use this link to read more about this man and to see a list of some of his invented words! You will smile in amazement when you see this list.

Want to learn about some fancy poetry? Learn about SONNETS. Use this link to read some of Shakespeare's most famous poems that ----SPOILER ALERT---all end the same way: with a rhyming couplet (the last two lines rhyme).

India Arie - "There's Hope" with the Let Freedom Ring Choir | The Kennedy Center
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How much do you know about this famous Christmas poem?

Twas the Night Before Christmas: 10 question quiz!

WRITE YOUR OWN POEM! Use these tools!


Use this WORD CLOUD GENERATOR to create a poem! Type in or upload a list of words that describe favorites: favorite foods, dogs, cats, or sports! How about a list of words that describes an event from your life or from history? You can use this to generate a poem about a book character or summarize a plot. The photo to the left is a word cloud about my cat. What can you create? Download your image and send it to me for publishing in a later e-newsletter!

Magnetic Poetry

Move a set of computer generated words around on a virtual magnetic refrigerator to create your own verse! Don't think to hard! Set the words free! Have fun HERE!

Learn write a HAIKU poem in five minutes!

Haiku Elementary Lesson

A Poem in Your Pocket Day Challenge! April 30!

Each year, the folks over at sponsor the POEM IN YOUR POCKET challenge. It's the day you keep a poem in your pocket to read to others as you move about the day, thus bringing a little lyrical joy to everyone you meet. This year, I "virtually" recite the only poem I've every memorized:

When I climb up to get a drink

it doesn't work the way you think.

I turn it up, the water goes

and hits me right upon the nose!

I turn it down to make it small

and don't get any drink at all!

Have you ever memorized a poem? Ask you parents and grandparents if they know a poem by heart! If they do, ask them to recite it for you! Here are four ways to participate safely in this year's challenge:

Tape a poem with an illustration to a neighbor's door.

Video yourself reading a poem and send it to a friend.

Serenade a friend or neighbor by yelling the poem to them from the street

Mail a poem with an illustration to a friend or family member

Read on to learn about a contest that rewards kids who read poems with flair!

PHOTO CREDIT: my brother. He sends me photos of his animals almost daily. This is a keeper.

SLAM! Poetry for those who like to win!

Poetry SLAM festivals are all about performance. If you think this might be for you, you must read WHAM! its a poetry JAM by Sara Holbrook on Epic. This book is filled with tips, exercises, and examples that will help you improve the Spoken Word. Log in and search the title on Epic.

If you want a clue as to what a SLAM performance might look like, watch the video below to see an 8th grader performing his "Mathematical Blues". Love. Love. Love. it!

7 Poem #1 Nickoli Kids Poetry Slam Fall LEAF 2013

Practice poetry basics RHYTHM and BEAT with this dance video

Five(ish) Minute Dance Lesson - African Dance: Lesson 3: Dancing on the Clock

Blackout Poetry: Art and Poetry entwined! For GRADES 4-8

Blackout poetry is turning prose into poetry. When the poet blacks out all but a few select words on a page of a newspaper, magazine, or book to create the verse, she has "written" a poem.

The artist might also draw, paint, or otherwise decorates the page. The artwork can illustrate the poem or become part of the poem.

Give it a try! Find instructions HERE. Read about this cool exercise before you try it.


Search BLACKOUT POETRY on Pintrest to see some amazing examples.

Below is my version of blackout poetry. I used only the books in my little workroom. Read from top to bottom. Enjoy!

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