Emily Dickenson Goes To Washington: Chapter One

This lesson was an introduction to Rhyme Scheme and the short form in Emily Dickenson’s poem, To Make A Prairie.  We worked with AAABB rhyme scheme, wondered if Ms. Dickenson was just bad at math, and came up with our own equations for ‘making’ something out of thin air. Here are some of the wonderful results!

Mrs. Nazimek, 8th Grade
1st Period

To Make A Flower
Ariana D.

To Make a flower it takes a pot and one bee
One pot and a bee.
and seeds.
The seed alone with do,
If pots are few.


To Make A Snapple
Kemonie B.

To make a Snapple you need an apple
One tree and an apple
And a pineapple
The Snapple alone will do
If apples are few.


To Make A Dog
Robert C.

To make a dog it takes a human and one house
One human and a house
And a mouse
The mouse alone will do
If humans are few


To Make A Tulip
Aimee P.

To make a tulip, it take a team and one day
One team and a day
And in May
The May alone will do
If teams are few

Mrs. Nazimek, 8th Grade
2nd Period

Anthony S.

To make a world it takes people and one god
Lots of people, and a god
And hope
The hope alone will do
If god is few

To Make A Deer
Jacob K.

To make a deer it takes fur and one tree
Some fur and a tree
And me,
I myself will do,
If the trees are few

Mrs. Nazimek, 8th Grade
3rd Period

Jose A.

The sun sets by the meadow
With the color of orange and yellow
And the wind making soothing hollow
The view is endless

To Make A Sea (2017)
Lizette A.

To make a sea it takes one water drop and a fish
one drop and one fish
And a wish

The wish alone is great
if the fish is late

To Make A Taco
Erik V.

To make a taco you need a tortilla
or even a dash of vanilla
I don’t think that is right
I guess I’ll wait until night
Then I will give it a bite







“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.