Poetry Friday: Playing with the “Zeno” Form

Pat Lewis introduced the world to his new poetry form, the “zeno” on Monday at The Miss Rumphius Effect.  It is a mathematical pattern featuring syllables of 8-4-2-1-4-2-1-4-2-1 with an “abcdefdghd” rhyme scheme.

Timing is everything.  This week with parent teacher conferences and that spooky holiday tomorrow, it provided opportunity to play with the form.

I worked with three classes, two fourth grade classes and one fifth grade class. After sharing the examples of Lewis’ poems,  each group thought of rhyming words, and counted syllables while writing  down lines and revising.  Here are their efforts(with thanks to Pat Lewis for a first line idea):

Ms Padden’s fifth grade class:

One dark, windy night, too frightful
cheers from monsters
scary
goo
when they come out
screaming
boo!
they are coming
after
you

Mr. Baker’s fourth grade class:

A dark windy night so frightful
Bats fill the sky
Screeching
Oooooo!
Predators hunt
midnight
boo!
black cats stalk prey
chomping
goo!

Mrs. Fisher’s Class:

A dark windy night so frightful!
sweet trick or treat
scary
bats
flying fiercely
eating
rats
running around
with black
cats

Found it helpful to have the students begin with a list of rhyming words to begin.

My own zeno is here.  Poetry Friday is hosted by Jennie at Bibliofile

Happy Reading.

MsMac

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