Pout-Pout Poetry

From Mechanically Inclined

Jump to: navigation, search

This lesson was originally designed to be used with 4th graders to give them a chance to exercise their poetry muscles.

  • Tell students you'll be reading The Pout-Pout Fish which is a story written in poetry by Deborah Diesen.
  • Copy the repeating stanza on the board where students will be able to see it
I'm a pout-pout fish
With a pout-pout face,
So I spread the dreary-wearies
All over the place
  • Look at the stanze and introduce the class to the term stanza. Notice there are 4 lines. This is a quatrain. In this quatrian the 2nd and 4th lines rhyme.
  • Tell students that whenever this stanza appears in the book you'd like them to read it with you.
  • Read the story, encouraging the class to join in when appropriate.
  • Pass out the worksheet to the students.
  • Take time to examine the pairs of stanzas. Help children notice some of the following things
there are 2 stanzas about each animal
each stanza is a quatrain
the 1st stanza always starts with "Along comes a squid"
the 2nd stanza always starts with "Hey, Mr. Fish"
the 1st stanza describes the animal, the 2nd stanza reprimands the pout-pout fish for being pouty
notice which words rhyme
each line starts with a capital, even if its the middle of a sentence
the lines are all left justified
  • Challenge the class to write their own couple of stanzas for the story. Have them choose another sea animal to write about (shark, dolphin, crab, seahorse, turtle, sea star)and then follow the patterns they discovered to author two original stanzas
  • You may want to help children get started by brainstorming a bunch of sea animals on a circle map together as a class. Then write the first line together (Along come a _________) letting them choose an animal of their choice to put in the blank
  • You may consider doing one together as a class before having students work individually.
  • As a closing activity students may read their stanzas aloud and then the class cna recite the repeating stanza together before giving the next person a turn.
Personal tools