Ideas You Can Use For Writing and Analyzing Poetry Today!
Black Out Poetry
Check out this prezi on making black out poems!
Texas Star Offerings that are written in verse!
A Lesson for Odes
I use these resources for teaching Odes. I begin with a strategy from Making Thinking Visible to get students thinking about what they will read called See Think Wonder. They will read 3 odes that have something to do with the pictures below.
After they read the odes by Gary Soto, they can respond by using the hexagon, focusing on the poem they liked best. It's a great way to get the students to practice literary analysis.
I also like reading the picture book about Pablo Neruda, a famous writer of odes.
Finally, I share Ode to a Commode and challenge students to write an ode of their own in that concrete poetic style.
An ode is a lyric poem typically of elaborate or irregular metrical form and expressive of exalted or enthusiastic emotion.
Pablo Neruda and Gary Soto are well known for their odes to ordinary things and finding beauty in their simplicity.
What do you see?
What do you think is going on?
What does it make you wonder?
Look at the photos above.
What do you notice about each one? (observations only)
Based on what you see/notice, what does it make you think? What kind of interpretations can we form based on our observations?
What do you wonder based on what you have seen and have been thinking?
Ode to Family Photograph by Gary Soto
Ode to La Tortilla by Gary Soto
Ode to the Sprinkler by Gary Soto
Beautiful picture book that tells the story of Pablo Neruda.
Fun examples of both odes and concrete poems at the same time.
Another book full of poems and lessons that are not in the textbook.
The Best Part of Me
Anthology from the good people who bring you Abydos!
I found some great lessons and poems in here that aren't in the textbook.
Georgia Heard is amazing!