Monday, February 05, 2007

Poetry- Table of Contents Poem

I was searching through The Practice of Poetry looking for some fun new ways to approach kids writing their own works and came across an assignment called "Index/ Table of Contents Exercise" by Lee Upton. I liked the idea of their life being a listing of where they came from and where else they can go from here. When finalized, the assignment came out as, "List ten significant people events in your life. Think of your life as a book; these are the chapters. Group together what can be compiled. Make sure to create a creative title for each chapter using a poetic term. Also the numbers of pages in a chapter should be refelctive of their importance. "

Here are some samples of their works in progress. Please feel free to give some commentary as well as constructive criticism.

39 Comments:

Blogger alexm said...

The Most Important Life in the World
By: Alex Manning

The Beginning: Being Born
3
Moving West: The First Real Trip 7
First Day of School: Kindergarten! 12
Like an Avalanche: Colorado Wins the Cup
17
Alex Leaves Twain: Powell Bound
First Day of Middle School: The Puma Takes Hold
28
Graduation: PMS is No More
35
First Day of AHS: Real Stuff at Last 40
Final Exams: Where do I Start?
48

Mon Feb 05, 08:44:00 AM  
Blogger alexm said...

The Most Important Life in the World
By: Alex Manning

The Beginning: Being Born
3
Moving West: The First Real Trip 7
First Day of School: Kindergarten! 12
Like an Avalanche: Colorado Wins the Cup
17
Alex Leaves Twain: Powell Bound
First Day of Middle School: The Puma Takes Hold
28
Graduation: PMS is No More
35
First Day of AHS: Real Stuff at Last 40
Final Exams: Where do I Start?
48

Mon Feb 05, 08:47:00 AM  
Blogger elyse h said...

LIFE by: Elyse Handley
Dancing days……………………………..…2
Orlando adventures………………..…….12
Another year older……………………......22
Bear Scare…………………………….......30
Choosing friends…..................................50
Years as a Newton Knight…..................100
Fun in the summer sun…………….……116
Kauai, Hawaii………………………….….132
High School Survival (still being written)...165

Mon Feb 05, 04:08:00 PM  
Blogger paigen said...

Okay I know mine is sort of dorky but I wanted it to rhyme:

Paige’s Perfect Poem of Contents

August 23, 1992............3
Have swum like a fish, since I was two........................13

I hit the books at an early age,...................20
But it was not so bad once I met Estée.................30

I worked so hard and it finally paid off,
Once I moved to Greenwood, my swimming took off..........42

I made my state cuts but I was not filled with conceit,.........57
I had a long way to go before I had the world's biggest feet.

By the time I was ten I needed a break,
I was Mexico bound for a tan that wasn't fake.................70

Upon my return I trained for years and years,
And at 13 I was switching gears,
I was off to Washington to compete with my peers.............85

I was growing older and entering my ninth year of school,...107
I hoped to make the swim team, boy that’d be cool!

I made High School State and was part of the team,.......130
Maybe we’ll take Creek, if we do, I’ll scream!

Mon Feb 05, 04:30:00 PM  
Blogger danh said...

Umm... sorry guys I kinda got a little carried away and ended up with whereabouts of 32 chapters. And the scary thing is I could have made a lot more. But anyhow this is basically an overview of my life with some chapters at the end that detail life after AHS. Here goes.

Pinnacle
A Narrative by Dan Hunt

Table of Contents

Prologue: Out of Order…………………………………………………………………...iv
The Two That Started It All………………….......……………………………………….2
Senior Sibling…….……………………………………………………………………...20
Destined for Greatness…..……………………………………………………………….35
Roundabout the Breathing Community……………………………………………….....49
The State of Solemn Style………………………………………………………………..54
Monsters from the West………………...………………………………………………..63
Black Tape…………………………………………………………………………….....68
Roast Feet………………………………………………………………………………..72
Forts of Sorts…………………………………………………………………………….75
White n’ Fluffy…………………………………………………………………………..81
Smooth Slides and Rip-Roaring Rides…………………………………………………..84
Snowy Sights and Family Bonding...........………………………………………………89
Heat in the Street…………………..…………………………………………………....100
The Ones Who Got Me Through……………………..………………………………...114
Moving On……………………………………………………………………………...132
Like a Movie of Its Own………………………………………………………………..141
Concealed in the Pages…………………………………………………………………146
C11……………………………………………..……………………………………….150
Those Held Dear………………………………………………………………………..156
A Gentle Ring in the Ears………………………………………………………………173
Steamboat……………………………………………………………………………….178
Vibrant………………………………………………………………………………….189
Something, Far Away……………………………………………….……………….....195
The Apex of Life…………………………………………………………………….…202
Left in the Dark………………………………………………………………….....…..208
Nearly There………………………………………………………………………...…216
Those Were the Days………………………………………………………….……….224
At Its Best………………………………………………………………………………239
When it Ceases to Exist………………………………………………………………...257
Reclamation…………………………………………………………………………….275
An Epilogue, or Two…………………………………………………………………...291

Mon Feb 05, 04:43:00 PM  
Blogger Shelby B. said...

My chapters are of important things or people in my life, also in most importance to least importance.

"Journey of Trials"
By: Shelby Barton

Journey of Trials

1. Answer Keeper: Mom ………………………02
2. Smile of the Day: Smith B…………………. 22
3. Answer to All: Dancing/Sports ……………..36
4. Point-of-no-Return: School …………………48
5. Skating through Life: Skating ………………60
6. Shield of Righteousness: Mrs. Schell...……..71
7. Teen Resort: Music …………………………82
8. Smile Keeper: Hamster ……………………..92

Mon Feb 05, 06:00:00 PM  
Blogger Zachf said...

Chapter One: The Team Page 1-50
Mom, Page 1-10
Dad, Page 11-20
Kyle, Page 21-30
Billy, Page 31-40
Extended Family, Page 41-50

Chapter Two: The Origin Page 51-70
My Birth, Page 51-60
New York, Page 61-70

Chapter Three: The Starting Lineup Page 71-80
Friends, Page 71-80

Chapter Four: Competition Page 81-90
Sports, Page 81-90

Chapter Five: Communication Page 91-100
Music, Page 91-100

Mon Feb 05, 08:03:00 PM  
Blogger kjerstinl said...

Ontogenesis of Kjerstin

1) The Big Beginning
a. Adaptations.............................................page 1
b. Starting my New Life with a Buzz in Colorado............page 6
2) Becoming One with the Family
a. As Predictable as the Change of the Year................page 10
b. To the Land of my Origin................................page 17
c. Extending the Family....................................page 27
3) Absorption
a. Early Elementary Eagle: Learning the Course.............page 33
b. Newton Knight: The Big Uprising.........................page 37
c. Arapahoe Warrior: Beginning to Spread My Wings..........page 41
4) Extending my Horizons
a. Beginning my Best Basketball............................page 45
b. Swimming Speedily like a Fish...........................page 52
5) Becoming Stronger Through Faith
a. Meeting Myself in Montana...............................page 58
b. Continuation through Confirmation.......................page 68

Mon Feb 05, 08:26:00 PM  
Blogger christa s said...

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Tue Feb 06, 08:39:00 AM  
Blogger jess b said...

Table of Contents
1. Boy or Girl? 3
2. BOOM! 12
3. Magical Mermaids 19
4. “Papa Trains” 29
5. Mickey Moose 34
6. Two-Headed Nightmare 39
7. World Traveler 52
8. The Re-Birth 60
9. “Daddy Day Care” 68
10. Warrior Spirit 71

Tue Feb 06, 08:41:00 AM  
Blogger christa s said...

Table of Contents

Nine Years on Memorable Mineral Boulevard………………..…. 1-10

Bracing for brackets…………………………………………….... 11

Grass-stained knees, thoughts ingrained with football…………… 12-15

Kaitlin awaits in squelching wet beaches……………………….. 16-20

Diving in forehead first…………………….…………………….. 21

Clouds instead of road, friendship of a frog and toad…………... 22-27

I’d rather have Id-Ra-Ha-Je……………………………………… 28-31

Hearts altered in Alamosa………………………………………. 32-33

Gumbo and crawling cockroaches:
Help for Mississippi approaches…………………………………. 34-37

Higher than the middle…………………………………………… 38- 41

Mundane drone of Driver’s Education…………………………… 42

Tue Feb 06, 08:44:00 AM  
Blogger declanh said...

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Tue Feb 06, 09:07:00 AM  
Blogger paigen said...

Kjerstin I really like your poem! Your chapter titles make me want to read the book. I really like it!

Tue Feb 06, 09:14:00 AM  
Blogger briang said...

My name is Brian Guymon, and this is a Table of Contents of my life:
1. Farwell Fetus- 3
2. Hall of Fame or Hall of Shame?- 10
3. 88 bases; I’m Hungry for More-15
4. Baseball, Wiffleball, Softball, Tennisball-26
5. Where middle school ends, high school begins- 30
6. Honor Goner- 38
7. Big Day for ABK, Big Day for ABK, How Many Goals We Score Today? 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10. ABK ABK HUAH!-51
8. Eagles, Symbol of Defeat- 58
9. Alpha Soccer-61
10. Rainbow Warriors- 67

Tue Feb 06, 09:19:00 AM  
Blogger alexd said...

This is my poem:

Table of Contents Poem
By Alexander Davis

The story of my birth………………. 2
Changing schools……………………5
My years of Tae-Kwan-Do.…………20
When I learned Java…........................25
Middle School Graduation…..............30
Enrolment in AHS…………………...35
Learning C++ 9th grade, semester 1....40

Tue Feb 06, 09:25:00 AM  
Blogger erinl said...

Table of Contents Poem


Mom and Dad -“Preparing Me for Life” 1

Sisters and Dog – “My Best Friends and My Worst Enemies” 3

Best friends & Friends– “Peer Support” 6

Birthday – “Happiest Day of the Year” 8

Summer and Vacation – “ A Time for Relaxation” 11

Soccer – “Determination and Power” 13

High school – “Time to Grow Up” 17

~Erin

Tue Feb 06, 12:43:00 PM  
Blogger danh said...

Wow Dan! I really loved your poem. I thought that your chapter titles were very thought-provoking and clever. Ebert and Roeper give it two thumbs up! I would realy want to read your book!

Tue Feb 06, 12:56:00 PM  
Blogger Laurab said...

Okay, here is my Table of Contents Poem. Enjoy!

Miracle Baby.....2

Birth
Sister
Mom
Dad

Yes, I did grow up in a Barn.....6

Horses
Kentucky
Horse Park
Gentleman Jack
Arkansas

All the World’s a Stage......10

Singing
Disney
Dress Up

You’re Going to be Popular!......13

Family
Grandparents
Aunt
Friends

So many hobbies, so little time!...16

Books
Music
Church
Movies

Rally sons of Notre Dame,
Sing her glory, and sound her fame..21

University of Notre Dame
Fighting Irish Football Team

Music is What Feelings Sound Like...25

Music
Violin
Javan Carson

Do You Dream in Chocolate?......28

Chocolate
Chocolate
Chocolate

Parlez-vous anglais?......29

Paris
Le Boulangarie de Invalides
Normandie
Arromanches
Avranches

Cookies are made of butter and love...31

Food
Baking
Comforting people with food
Cooking

Tue Feb 06, 12:58:00 PM  
Blogger EmilyA said...

The Journey of LIFE
By: Emily Adams

Coming into humanity...1

The Three Musketeers “Siblings”...11

Two peas in a pod “Best Friends for Life”...25

Hitting the Keys “A Piano Career”…41

White Water “A Disastrous Rafting Trip”…45

Scoring the Goals “A Love for Soccer”...57

Trip to the Big NY “A Family Vacation”…63

Letting Go “A Loved Sister Going to College”...71

Best Days of My Life “A Church Camp”…89

Junior-High “Fun with Friends and School Trials”...102

High School “To Be Continued”…110

Tue Feb 06, 01:03:00 PM  
Blogger Shelby B. said...

Kjerstin~ I really like what you have done by braking each chapter into a section.
DanH~I like all of the things that you have put in your poem, and I bet all of those things are important (events) in your life, but I think you may want to narrow it down and just do the really, really important events and maybe people in your life, but I do think it is good.

Tue Feb 06, 01:05:00 PM  
Blogger EmilyL said...

Erin~ I love the chapter title, Sisters and Dog – “My Best Friends and My Worst Enemies.” My sisters and I are like this too, sometimes best friends, other times loathing each other.

Dan~I agree with Shelby, your poem is too long. Try making a list of your top ten things in life and inlcuding only those things in your poem.

Tue Feb 06, 03:50:00 PM  
Blogger EmilyL said...

The Life and Times of Emily L.
Foreword: Driving Forces
My Savior 1
California Gal 20
Section One: The Early Years
Chapter 1 Humble beginnings 30
Chapter 2 Do You Know the Way to San Jose? 33
Chapter 3 A Country Lane Colt 37
Section Two: In the Middle of it all
Chapter 1 Elvira Castro Middle School 52
Chapter 2 Changes On the Horizon 56
Chapter 3 Welcome to Denver 66
Chapter 4 A new year, A new school, an Instant Challenge 71
Chapter 5 Volunteering, Togo’s and Amina 79
Chapter 6 Eighth Grade 87
Chapter 7 Volunteering, Pandas and Coyote 90
Section Three: High School
Chapter One Freshman, Freshman! 101
Chapter Two MHE 115
Chapter Three Frodo 125
Section Four: Interests:
Chapter One A place throw and talk 136
Chapter Two Opening the world up 146
Chapter Three: Walk a mile or 12 in my shoes 156
Afterward:
Future Plans 166
A lot of these chapters are about personal things or places in California, so don't worry if they of this doesn't make sense to you.

Tue Feb 06, 04:06:00 PM  
Blogger EmilyL said...

Dan~Ignore my last comment, now that I think about it, mine is really long too.

Tue Feb 06, 04:08:00 PM  
Blogger christa s said...

These poems were really cool. Reading the titles made me curious about the stories and memories behind them. Dan, I liked reading your poem, and Paige, yours was really unique in how you made all the lines rhyme. Good job everybody!!

Tue Feb 06, 05:11:00 PM  
Blogger AnnaD said...

Emily L- I liked the fact that your poem was very clear on the topics that were to be covered in each- Something I'm afraid that my poem is not!

Emily A- The titles of your chapters are very clever! I like the different structure.

Laura B- Great poem. It's very detailed and has good titles for its chapters.

Erin- I like how the titles of the chapters told not only what is important to you but also why they are important.

Zach F- I love how all of your chapters have a theme of sports. It is kind of interesting how you imply an important part of your life throughout the entire table of contents.

Dan H- The chapter names are good, but I agree with everyone else that there are a bit too many.

Shelby B- I like how you have a lable for each of the people or things in your chapters. It made it clear as to what you were going to talk about in each chapter.

Tue Feb 06, 06:55:00 PM  
Blogger connord said...

A million experiences
1. Moving to Colorado- Creating my roots….2
2. Preschool- When image did not matter….5
3. Leaving All Souls- time for public schools….7
4. Mark Twain- Skills, Sportsmanship, and signature ….11
5. Soccer- Making it through the good times and the bad….16
6. Getting through Middle School-Seemed like more than three years….22
7. Graduating middle school-Restrictions, rigorous work, and restraint no more ….25
8. AHS- All along I have yearned, for a new way to learn ….29
9. Summers-Sneaking out, sleepovers, and sun….34
10. Family- Another reunion??….38

Tue Feb 06, 07:04:00 PM  
Blogger Aylar said...

Okay guys well I did mine like it was a fashion editoral TOC, with the focas on events in my life and things that I hope will happen.


Up In Lights
Table of Contents: Cover Highlights


High school Days............ 1.
Ayla Reed tells how to survive your high school



Get Your Kicks on Route 66......15.
Ayla Reed gets her permit, Hollywoodstyle.
Idol's coming..................16.
Miss Reed is going to be the newest Singing star!


Nationals, here we come...17.
Ayla Reed goes to nationals, we've got the scoop.

Actress Anyone?.............20.
Reed lands another Grammy! The news on the multi-talented starlet.
Fashion..................101. Newsflash!! Reed breaks out signature fashion line at 16!!


My Family...........1991.
Ayla Reed tells all about the family and faith that helped her to stardom.

Tue Feb 06, 07:21:00 PM  
Blogger saram said...

Here it is! The contents of my wonderful life!

Sara sees the world...0
From state to state: where does it end?...10
Traveling the world...15
The best game on earth...35
Mazel Tov to the Bat Mitzvah...55
Washington D.C. Here we come...70
The Early Years: when you could be yourself and boys still had cooties...77
Powell Pumas Proceed to high school...80
Warriors! Warriors! Don’t be shy! Let me hear your battle cry!...90

Tue Feb 06, 08:26:00 PM  
Blogger EmilyL said...

*I meant a lot of these chapters are about personal things or places in California, so don't worry if they don't make sense to you. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr! I need to edit my posts better. I can't figure how to delte my old post or I would.

Tue Feb 06, 08:46:00 PM  
Blogger lindseyc said...

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Tue Feb 06, 09:11:00 PM  
Blogger lindseyc said...

Table of Contents?
-Lindsey Cook

1. From This Moment On…1
2. It’s All in the Family…8
-Be Strong, Mama “It’s Time to Fight”…10
-Butterfly Kisses “Still a Daddy‘s Girl”…24
-My Sister, My Keeper “See You Soon”…36
-The Other One “Why Isn‘t Caitlin Here?”…47
-There Will Never be Another You “My Bubs and Zadie”…56
3. Boys and Girls Just Like You and Me…73
-Two Peas In a Pod “Jessica April”…75
*The Four Musketeers “Friends ‘till the End”…87
-The Girl Next Door “Elizabeth Marisa”…97
-Why Can‘t You Behave? “Little Miss Kayla”…109
4. The Whistle Blows “Sports, Sweat, and Speed”…118
5. Baruch Ata Adonoi…“The Jewish Way of Life”…121
6. A Little Learnin’ Is A Dangerous Thing…141
-Too Marvelous for Words “Carl Sandburg Elementary”…143
-Stuck in the Middle “Hard Times at PMS”…154
-The Best Is Yet to Come “Warrior Spirit”…162

Tue Feb 06, 09:15:00 PM  
Blogger tomr said...

Well, since you asked:

The Wonderfully Whimsical World of Tom Roberts:

1. Judgment Day: Birth of a Legend.....1
2. The Procreators: Mumsy and Daddy.....4
3. Humble Beginnings in Northern Virginia.....20
4. A Mile High and a penny short.....25
3. Bromwell, land of youth and opportunity.....32
4. Southmoor...Where "moor" is "more".....25
5. The Gory Story of Morey Glory For Ye, Adventures in Middle School.....36
6. Nicky, Vicky, and the rest, mes amis.....56
7. Arapahoe: The Advent of Suburbia.....84

Keep in mind this is a "work in progress" as the lingo goes.

Tue Feb 06, 09:19:00 PM  
Blogger shaunam said...

Shauna Maty
Smith 2


Table of Contents
1.Bouncing Baby Born……………………………………0
2.Growing up in Colorado……………………….1
3.Summer swimming Splashes……..…….15
4.‘Round the World….…………………….…...25
5.IceHockey…………………………………………………………41
6.Washington, DC 8th Grade Craziness ......................…50
7.Blood, Sweat, Tears…and CHAMPIONS!…………………………………………....…….61
8.The Lenski Super Stars……...……….70
9.The Powell Pumas………………………….……….88
10.Class of 2010n(To Be Continued)…………………….……………………………………………….………..95

Wed Feb 07, 08:48:00 AM  
Blogger tanal said...

Table of Contents

1. A Whole New world.............1
2. Anniversary of Life...........4
3. Perky Puppy..................10 4. Give My Regards to Broadway..13
5. A Tumbling Life..............17
6. From Tigers to Pumas.........22
7. Fun in the Sun…………………........29 8. Stick Work...................37
9. Rockin’ Rollin’ Rides........47
10. A Splash in Time............52
11. Warrior Pride(Still being written)........................60

Wed Feb 07, 05:13:00 PM  
Blogger tanal said...

Wow sorry my poem is all messed up.

Wed Feb 07, 05:14:00 PM  
Blogger kimmy c said...

Table of Contents: Page number:

Learning Life for a Little Christian 2

Pump it, Pass it, Play it 30

Dramatic Days Delving Down to the Deep 41

From the Boiling Kettle to the Cool Metal 55

The Fast Storm of Change 80

It’s All About the Red Shirt and the Name Tag 120

Sweetest of Sweets 170

Walls of Green 250

Wed Feb 07, 06:25:00 PM  
Blogger Mphair said...

Ok...mine is a completely different format...so...yah...it's also kind of long and raw...here it goes!

When young, life is slow,
Like the beginning of a story
Simple introductions, Bob met Joe.

The introductions grow into friendships
Baa and Tenku will be friends forever
From the first page onward, they’re mentioned

The first few chapters are always boring
Pagees 3-7 set the stage for the story
By page 8 still dancing, and believing

The fairy tale begins to end
Unicorns and fairies depart, by 10
There is a hole that cannot mend.

By page 14 I discover my love of traveling
Places to go, people to see, things to do
Every place I visit, I’m learning

Slowly life picks up pace
Suddenly, all that was concrete
Is now fragile lace.

The move to Boise is found on page 20
And within that section is new material
New friends, new places, a new me.,

Music becomes more prominent
Pages 26-28 are dedicated to Musicales
Sound of Music, Cats, and Rent.

Who can say what will happen next?
What will I do? Who will I meet?
What problems will arise before the climax?

Thu Feb 08, 08:10:00 AM  
Blogger HannahJ said...

I don't know if anyone will even read this but...

Table of Contents Poem

• Just like a Warrior...1
• The Most Amazing Week of My Life...3
• Goodbye Best Friend...13
• Relax, its Only Girl’s LAX...15
• I’m not Quitting, it’s Only the Beginning...16

• Slow and Steady Wins the Race!...17
• Try, try, and try again. Try, try, try and WIN!...19
• The Majestic Mahogany Harp...21

• CRACK! Ouch! My Wrist!...23
• Maddening Metal in my Mouth...27

Thu Feb 08, 07:34:00 PM  
Blogger chelseah said...

Chapter One
Breaking Free Page 2

Chapter Two
Happy Birthday to Me! Happy Birthday to Me!
Happy Birthday Dear Chelsea!
Happy Birthday to Me! Page 8

Chapter Three
“Wait? We don’t have to fly over an
ocean to get to DC?!” Page 20

Chapter Four
“5 6 7 8 Hit It!” Page 30
Walk Don’t Run Page 35

Chapter Five
Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming Page 40

Chapter Six
Class of 2010… Perfect 10! Page 50

Chapter Seven
“Drink some milk and ice it.
It will be all better by Monday.” Page 70

Tue Feb 13, 09:41:00 PM  

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