Monday, March 23, 2009

Limerick Poems

A limerick is a poem with five lines and is usually silly, telling about a person or animal.
In a limerick lines 1, 2 & 5 rhyme and have between 7-10 syllables.
Lines 3 & 4 rhyme and have between 3-5 syllables.
Many limericks start with "There once was a ..." but they don't have to start that way.

Here is an example of a limerick my son wrote for a poetry class...

There once was a puppy named Millie.
Her family thought she was quite silly.
She'd jump off the bed,
and land on her head.
That small little puppy named Mille.

Do you have a pet you could write a limerick about?

Acrostic Poems

To write an acrostic poem, write the letters of the topic you want to write your poem about vertically down your paper. Each letter of the word will be the beginning of a line in your poem, describing what you are writing about. Many people write acrostic poems about themselves, using their name as the topic. In the library many classes helped make an acrostic with my name, here are a few of the best describing lines about me.

Mmmm Ice-cream muncher
Really Rad Reader
Super storyteller
Mostly marvelous Mom
Orchard Eagle
Really loves to bake & cook
Library helper
Enormous fan of books
Yahoo, Let's Read!

Remember to put some thought into your acrostic, use words that really describe your topic well, and most of all HAVE FUN.

Friday, March 20, 2009

We Are Back

I know it has been a long time since I posted...I'm still catching on to technology that students appreciate and trying to make it more of a priority. We have had a few busy months. We have discussed non-fiction, fantasy, and humorous books and are turning our focus to POETRY. April is national poetry month and I will be encouraging students to share poetry they have written. I will be displaying their poems in the library, but will also invite students to post their poems here on our blog.