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Lesson Two Narrative Poetry

Now its your turn to write a narrative poem. Remember a narrative poem has one RULE:
 it must tell a story.

Tips for Writing Narrative Poetry:

First, decide on a story line you wish to tell

Then break the story into three distinct parts: 
Introduction - tell me about your monster.  
Middle - what is your complication. 
End - what is your resolution. How does the problem get solved. 

Next, write down a list of story pieces that will be told in each part of the poem.

Stop and read the poem out loud every once in a while.

Count the syllables.

Look for rhyming patterns.

Dress the story up by using poetic techniques - figurative language.

The Monsters in My Closet

The monsters in my closet
Like to sleep the day away.
So when I get home from school,
I let them out to play.

When Mom calls me for supper,
I give them each a broom.
First they put my toys away,
And then they clean my room.

The Mummy hates to vacuum.
So if he starts to whine,
I kick his rear and tell him,
“Trade jobs with Frankenstein.”

Wolfman used to fold my clothes.
I’ll give him one more chance—
Last time he wasn’t careful
And left furballs in my pants.

When my room is nice and neat,
I bring them up some food.
But Dracula wants to drink my blood—
I think that’s pretty rude.

When it’s time to go to bed,
I hug them all goodnight.
They jump back in my closet,
While I turn out the light.

I’ve taken care of monsters
For as long as I recall,
But the monsters in my closet
Are the nicest ones of all!

What I am looking for:

  • Does your poem tell a story? It must have a beginning, middle and end?

  • Does your poem use figurative language like simile, alliteration, metaphor?

  • Does your poem rhyme and has rhythm?

  • Does it use descriptive words?

Here are some examples you can use to start your poem:

There once was a monster named....

It all began with a hairy...

Once there lived a.....

One day when I was walking.....

On my way to school....

I woke up in the night....

Here are some examples you can use in the middle of your poem to introduce your complication (problem):

Suddenly my monster....

Then, out of know where....

I woke up to this loud noise...

The next morning my monster was no where to be seen...

Here are some examples you can use in the end of your poem to introduce your solution:

So after all  this time...

I rescued my monster with....

couldn't believe my eyes...

I was happy to see....

So in the end....

My monster decided to....

Here are some examples of the first lines of a poem. Notice how the highlighted words rhyme? Notice the rythmic pattern?

There once was a monster named Sam

who loved eating green beans and ham

His hair was kind of curly

and he liked to wake early

eating his burnt toast and jam.

One day, I took Sam to school

and all my friends thought he was cool

but when the kids would hug him so

he began to grow chicken pox you know,

so staying at school would be awfully  cruel.

I raced home to see mum

Poor Sam was looking quiet glum

"what ever will we do?" I said.

as mum placed cold peas on Sams head


Example 2:

On my way to China

I went into a diner,

there sat a green monster

eating lots of lobster.

The monster looked scary,

and was even quiet hairy

but he gave me a big smile

so i sat with him for a while.

It turns out the monster eating lobster,

had won lots of money,

but his often cruel ways,

had sent his manners down the dunny.

Once you have finished your draft, you may publish it either