Your a Poet and Didn't Know It/An Activity in Formatting
Text and Creating Decorative Pages in Publisher
Assignment # 1
Directions: Formatting is changing the look of something. To
change the look of text, you have several options. To see these options,
point your cursor just past the small blue triangle past the pen with the yellow
underline in Microsoft Word. With your left mouse button pressed, pull the
toolbar down onto your work area. You can change the points of a font, the
type of font to use, the size of your font, etc. We are going to do
several exercises in order for you to see what each of these items do on the
In this lesson you will learn formatting skills while trying your hand at
poetry. Certain poems require you to follow rules dealing with parts of
speech. We will review parts of speech first, then you will begin your
poetry writing project. Using the format commands, you will change the
format of various parts of speech in a sentence so that they stand out.
Noun-a word that describes a person place, or thing (chair, Bob, love).
Verb-a word that expresses action or helps to make a sentence (run, be, think).
Pronoun-a word that replaces a noun (he, she, it).
Adjective-a word that points out, describes, or limits the meaning of a noun or pronoun (big, good, enjoyable).
Click on the Parts of Speech Worksheet, save your work as Parts_Speech, then move onto your poetry activities.
Format the nouns
Format the pronouns underlined.
For the remainder of your poetry assignments, we will be using Microsoft Publisher. Follow the steps below to create your own work of art. Remember to save your file as instructed on each assignment.
Directions: Open Publisher. Using your name, make an acrostic
poem. Use positive adjectives to describe yourself. Make sure to use
different fonts, sizes, and styles to make your acrostic more interesting.
Use your spell checker to help you find any spelling mistakes. Save the
file to your folder under the file name Acrostic.
Assignment # 3
Line 1: Any topic
Directions: Open Publisher. Make sure to give your poem a
name. Make sure to use different fonts, sizes, and styles to make your
diamante more interesting. Use your spell checker to help you find any
spelling mistakes. Save the file to your folder under the file name Diamante.
Assignment # 4
Snow glistening and shining
Directions: Open Publisher and create your own poem.
Make sure to give your poem a name. Make sure to use different fonts,
sizes, and styles to make your diamante more interesting. Use your spell
checker to help you find any spelling mistakes. Save the file to your
folder under the file name Haiku..
Assignment # 5
Famous person or place
Keep the lines short and the topic humorous. Choose formatting tools to make your poem more visually attractive. The following is an example (Notice that the center and italic format has been chosen):
Save your file as Clerihew.
Assignment # 6
Line 1: Any noun
Line 2: Two adjectives describing that noun, separated with a comma
Line 3: Three verbs (preferably participles telling what the verb does)
Line 4: A short phrase containing a thought about that noun
Line 5: A synonym for that noun or some other related word
Use your own formatting to make your poem more attractive. Notice that in the example, the bold and underline format has been used. The following is an example:
Save your file as Cinquain.
Assignment # 7
A concrete poem is the shape of your topic. There are no rules to follow, but thought must be put into it to make it look right. The following is an example of a Concrete Poem.
Save your file as Concrete.