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  • RL.9-10.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

Learning Target: Student will discuss poetic meter, what happens in Circle 5, and take a stab at writing their own metered poem.


Did anyone ever play that game, DJ Hero? No lie, when I was in college I was a mega fan of Rock Band. I had a group of friends that would get together and we’d play Rock Band all the time… I was the vocalist. Y’all, I cannot carry a tune in a bucket, but I was freaking awesome at Rock Band, because I’m such a visual person, and Rock Band allowed me to SEE when I wasn’t hitting the correct notes and change my pitch accordingly.

Don’t ask me to sing. No.

Anyway, there was a similar game called DJ Hero that I thought might be helpful in talking about poetry, as you can see above 🙂

Today we are going to be discussing the poetry of Dante. We haven’t discussed it too much so far, but while we’re mired in circle 5 (lol. ’cause it’s a murky river. geddit?) I thought it would be a chance to take some time to learn about it. And today we have a guest speaker…you may know her….may I present to you the FABULOUS MS. PAOLA!!!!

Paola is a teacher here, and she’s from Italy, so she’s coming in to read some of the Inferno to us in Italian. What’s my point here? I know y’all don’t speak Italian. My point is that even when you don’t understand the words, you can still hear the rhythm and the poetry of the words.

Another experiment? Let’s play a little clapping game…

So, after Ms. Paola’s reading, we’re going to talk about what’s going on in Circle 5. WRATHFUL >:( and sullen :(….. Let me grab emojis for that, sec…



And with that said, let’s talk limerick. It’s been on your poster project list since day one, but no one knew what a limerick is! Here’s an example:

The limerick packs laughs anatomical
Into space that is quite economical.
But the good ones I’ve seen
So seldom are clean
And the clean ones so seldom are comical

Yeah I pulled that from wikipedia. But the point is, a limerick is a 5 line poem with a specific rhyme scheme and meter that goes like this:

da da DUM da da DUM da da DUM

da da DUM da da DUM da da DUM

da DUM da da DUM

da DUM da da DUM

da da DUM da da DUM da da DUM

Here’s a math one:

	\frac{12 + 144 + 20 + 3 \sqrt{4}}{7} + (5 \times 11) = 9^2+0

This is read as follows:

A dozen, a gross, and a score
Plus three times the square root of four
Divided by seven
Plus five times eleven
Is nine squared and not a bit more

Another wikisteal. I’m on a roll.

Anyway, after discussing this and talking about meter, I’ll hand out your poster project slips for today. I want you guys to try the limerick! See if you can write one about circle 5! Remember, a limerick must:

  • Follow the specific meter as best you can
  • Follow the AABBA rhyme scheme exactly
  • Be FUNNY!

That’s it for today, y’all! See you tomorrow for circle 6!!!

Differentiation: Learning style (visual, auditory); product (choice in poster activity).

Assessment: poster activity (limerick) will be assessed.

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