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Using your Senses
Poetry Form

Purpose:
This sheet will help you organize and further develop your ideas generated by the music. By thinking about and using our senses, the words come alive as we create descriptive sights, tastes and smells.

Directions:

(1) write down one of your words from your word list.
(2) think phrases that describe your word when you
use one of your senses
(sight, hear, taste, smell, feel)
(3) expand the description of the word and give the word an action
(4) Combine your lines in prose to form you poem.


Fill in all of the (1) lines with words from your word list. Now complete lines (2) and (3).
Try for at least one line in each category.

Sight: Read your word. What pictures appear in your mind? What is this word doing?

                                                                                                                                                             
                   (2)                                              (1)                                                    (3)                                                                      

 

                                                                                                                                                             
                   (2)                                              (1)                                                    (3)                                                                      

 

Hearing: Listen to your word. What do you hear?

                                                                                                                                                             
                   (2)                                              (1)                                                    (3)                                                                      

 

                                                                                                                                                             
                   (2)                                              (1)                                                    (3)                                                                      

 

 

Taste: Smack your lips together. What does your word taste like?

                                                                                                                                                             
                   (2)                                              (1)                                                    (3)                                                                      

 

                                                                                                                                                             
                   (2)                                              (1)                                                    (3)                                                                      

Smell: Breathe in. What does your word smell like?

                                                                                                                                                             
                   (2)                                              (1)                                                    (3)                                                                      

 

                                                                                                                                                             
                   (2)                                              (1)                                                    (3)                                                                      

Touch: How does your word feel? Is it rough, coarse, round, smooth, etc?

                                                                                                                                                             
                   (2)                                              (1)                                                    (3)                                                                      

 

                                                                                                                                                             
                   (2)                                              (1)                                                    (3)                                                                      

 

When you are finished trade papers with a partner. On your partner's paper, highlight phrases that you particularly like and write down in the margins why you like them. Put a star next to phrases that you think could use more description and write down what needs to be worked on. Trade papers with your partner.

 

Look at the phrases your peer editor starred and read their comments.
Now let's combine the lines and compose a poem.
Using your favorite lines and some of your peer editor's suggestions, work your observations about "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" and "Steal Away" into poetry. Be sure to title your poem. Remember, an untitled poem is like a child without a name!

 

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