Poetry Scavenger Hunt



1. Using the web site http://www.poetry-online.org/poetry-terms.htm record the definition for each of the following poetry terms:

  • Simile
  • Metaphor
  • Rhyme
  • Personification
  • Hyperbole
  • Alliteration
  • Ballad
  • Rhythm
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Haiku
  • Free verse
  • Imagery
2. Go to the web sites below and read the following poems:
  • Print the graphic organizer from the resources of this page to use to record your information.
  • As you read the poems, list all the above poetry terms that apply to the poem along with an explanation of why that term fits with the poem,
  • Also jot down interesting information about each poet.
a. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poem.html?id=177021
     Mother to Son by Langston Hughes
Read the poet information at this site by clicking on "more."

b. http://www.famouspeoplebiographyguide.com/famous-poets/shel-silverstein/Alliteration-Poems-By-Shel-Silverstein.html
     Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Read about Shel Silverstein by exploring the links before the poem.

c. http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/as-soon-as-fred-gets-out-of-bed/
     As Soon as Fred Gets Out of Bed by Jack Prelutsky
Read about Jack Prelutsky by clicking on biography under his name.

d. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poem.html?id=176315
     Catch a Little Rhyme by Eve Merriam
Read about Eve Merriam by clicking "more" under her picture.
     Weather by Eve Merriam
e. http://www.whitmanarchive.org/published/LG/1891/poems/19
     I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman
Read about Walt Whitman on this web site:

f. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/archive/poem.html?id=179690
     Tree by Nikki Grimes
     Read about Nikki Grimes by clicking "more."

g. http://potw.org/archive/potw85.html
     The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes
     Read about Alfred Noyes by visiting the web site:

h. http://www.jackmagazine.com/issue8/poetrymengle.html
     Flying Pigeons by Margarita Engle
     Read about Margarita Engle by visiting the web site:

i. http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15717
     The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost (Listen to this one by clicking "play.")
     Read about Robert Frost by clicking "more" under his picture.

j. http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15682
     Making a Fist by Naomi Shihab Nye (Listen to this one by clicking "play.")
     Negotiations with a Volcano by Naomi Shihab Nye
     Read about Naomi Shihab Nye by clicking on "more" next to her picture.

3. Select one of the poets above to do further research. Use the Internet and the school library to search for information and poems for the poet you select. Find at least ten poems by your poet.

4. Using PowerPoint, create a multimedia presentation for the poet that you selected and include:
  • biographical information about your poet,
  • some poems by your poet (you must include a recording of you or your poet reading at least one poem),
  • what elements the poems you selected use,
  • and why you selected each poem.
  • Conclude your presentation by explaining why you  think this person is an excellent poet.
5. Make your presentation to the class.

6. Complete reflection activity located on the conclusion page of this WebQuest activity.


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