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Prose Poetry Paragraphs

imitating Sandra Cisneros' style by subtly using poetic elements in descriptions


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First, you will need to think about the common poetry techniques that can be hidden in paragraphs of prose. Although prose looks like paragraph writing, it reads like poetry because of its use of personification, rhythm, rhyme, and repetition.

After reading “Four Skinny Trees” and identifying all of the poetic elements in the vignette, you will need to brainstorm a list of human characteristics. Once you have a long list of human characteristics, write a second list of familiar objects around your house, school, or neighborhood. Look over both of your lists, then choose only ONE familiar object.

If you have trouble brainstorming original ideas for your lists, use the interactive buttons below to give you ideas for human characteristics and also objects that may be found in your home, school or neighborhood.

Once you have decided on the object that you are going to write about, use the graphic organizer to get you started. By creating similes for your object, you will be able to use a lot of figurative language in your prose poem.

Once you have brainstormed enough on the graphic organizer, begin writing your prose poem. Re-read the “Four Skinny Trees” to help you with ways to make your object come alive. Try to give your reader a message about life through your object like Esperanza did in her prose poem. Make sure to give your prose poem a unique title by using interesting adjectives.

Interactive Choices for Writing:

If you're struggling to start, click the buttons below for some ideas that might inspire you to launch your piece of writing.


Human Characteristics to Consider Using:

(It's okay to come up with your own human characteristics to use, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)

Familiar Objects from Home, School, or Neighborhood:
(It's okay to come up with your own familiar object here, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)



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