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Author Study: SHEL SILVERSTEIN by Mind Map: Author Study: SHEL SILVERSTEIN

1. humour

1.1. My Beard

1.2. Batty

1.3. Prayer of the Selfish Child

1.4. Everything On It

1.5. poetry can have different purposes - some is to entertain, some is to provoke thought, some does both

1.6. elements of humor: irony, unexpected endings, absurdity, illustration

2. rhyme

2.1. almost any Silverstein poem contains this

2.2. rhyme can help develop rhythm

2.2.1. Task

2.2.2. Prerequisites

2.3. activity: rhyming poems

2.3.1. Task

2.3.2. Prerequisites

3. words as sources of inspiration

3.1. Where the Sidewalk Ends song


3.1.2. combines 3 Silverstein poems

3.2. The Unicorn song


3.2.2. actually put to song by Silverstein himself, & then covered by many

3.3. The Giving Tree song (Plain White T's)


3.3.2. doesn't use text as lyrics, just uses Silverstein's book as inspiration

3.3.3. activity: listening skills development, students fill in blanks on sheet of lyrics

4. unusual linguistic/ structural choices

4.1. unusual word pairings/ sentence structure

4.1.1. Where the Sidewalk Ends "moon-bird" "peppermint sky" "asphalt flower" imagery creates imaginary space in-between sidewalk and street word choice/ order helps to create unique voice and to enhance imagery activity: developing author voice/ self-expression

4.2. unusual poem structure

4.2.1. Lazy Jane way poem is organized helps to convey meaning words are a part of illustration visually interesting, grabs reader's attention activity: shape poetry

4.3. poems without words

4.3.1. The Thinker of Tender Thoughts no words but still conveys a powerful message is this poetry? how do we define poetry? activity: using illustration as a form of communication cross-curricular ties with art