Take a trip to Rhyme Island and have an adventure with the magic of words! In this residency, students will learn how sound and rhythm work in poetry -- from basic rhymes and alliteration to slant rhymes and rhyme schemes that singers, freestyle rappers, and songwriters use. Beginning with the basics on how to write rhyming couplets and quatrains, students can progress into other forms such as the Clerihew, limerick, triolet, and parody. Rhyming poems can incorporate all sorts of topics and concepts the students are studying in science, social studies and language arts. We will also discuss the process of editing and revising, as well as opportunities to enter student poetry contests and get published.
Michael Beadle is a poet, author, and teaching artist with a passion for language, writing and literature. He's taught creative writing workshops since 1999. His focus is to encourage, inspire and challenge writers to express themselves so they can become more confident with writing and be lifelong learners and creative problem solvers. In addition to a 15-year career as a journalist, he's published five poetry books, a poetry CD, and three photographic history books on Haywood County (NC). In 2012, he was selected as a poet-in-residence at the NC Zoo. He's been an emcee for the NC Poetry Out Loud state finals and served as statewide coordinator of student poetry contests for the NC Poetry Society.