The Detention Poem

Poetry, songs and rap have many things in common.

This week English Teacher Online shares the Detention Rap – to inspire you to write your own poetry.

The Detention Poem (by Teacher Steve)

Hey cheeky children, are you looking for me?

I’m telling you now, you won’t take me for free,

I’m a teacher at your school and I do it with style,

So why don’t you all stick around for a while,

In detention, detention, talking ‘bout detention, detention,

…So you didn’t do your homework, good for you,

I’ll see you in detention for a lunchtime or two,

I’m a teacher in your school and I do in with style,

So why don’t you all stick around for a while,

In detention, detention, talking ‘bout detention, detention,

See y’all

Writing Your Own Poetry

Start by Brainstorming

This means writing down all the ideas you have about a topic. Think about what, where, when, who, how and why? Also, what feelings, smells, and sounds do you associate with your topic.  Brainstorming is all about giving yourself choices so you can move forward to the planning stage.

Example of Brainstorming

Who?               Teacher Trimble                Pronouns

How?                                                          Adverbs

What?             Taught us English              Verbs

When?             in Grade 4                          Joining Words

Why?                                                          Adjectives

Where?                                                       Nouns

Feelings, Sounds, Etc?

Rhyming Words – four, more, score, bore, law, sure, tour, saw,

Choose a Poetic Style

Look at your brainstorming ideas and choose a style to write your poem. Do you have enough rhyming words or do you need to choose a style of poem that doesn’t need rhyme?

There are many styles of poetry to study in Grade 5 such as Haiku, Diamante, Cinquain, Limerick, Acrostic, Free Verse, Shape or Rap.


A poem with three non rhyming lines containing five, seven and five syllables.


A seven-line diamond-shaped poem in the form below.


A five-line poem with lines in the following order;

A noun (2 syllables)

Adjectives (4 syllables)

Action verbs (6 syllables)

Phrase about the topic (8 syllables)

Synonym for the title (2 syllables)


A humourous poem with five lines that has rhythm and rhyme.

Lines one, two and five share the same rhyme.

Lines three and four rhyme with each other.


A poem in which the first letter of each line form a word or message relating to the subject.

Free Verse

A poem that has few rules. It doesn’t need a set rhythm or rhyme.


A poem that is written in the shape of the thing it is describing. A great way to present any poem.

Count The Syllables to Find A Rhythm To Write Your Poem

Look at the poetry style you have chosen. The rhythm comes from the syllable count. Clap out the rhythm of your poem and try to get the right amount of syllables in each line.

Remember to stay relaxed, ask lots of questions, but most of all – be creative!

What ideas do you have for presenting your poems? Please leave a comment.

How to Write a Poem for Your Valentine

Less than a week till Valentine’s Day. You’ve suddenly realized that you need to compose a poem for your wife, sweet heart or the girl in your dreams. Stay calm, English Teacher Online is here to teach you how to write a poem for your Valentine.

Brainstorm your senses

When you are with your love, what goes through your mind? Write down
all the sensual words to describe her. Her touch, sounds, taste and smell. Don’t just focus on looks. Describe all the feelings you have for her. Your ideas will develop as you write your poem so just brainstorm everything first.

Remember the good times

Love is personal so think about all the best times you’ve had with your love. When did she come into your life? Where were you and what were you both doing? What did you feel when you first saw her? What did you think and say? What can you remember about your first date? What happened just before that first kiss? Try to be nostalgic about her favourite times. Is there a second or third date that she keeps talking about. It’s the small details that matter in love poetry so remind her about them.

Tell Her She’s Special

She is the most amazing person so tell her how much she has improved your life. Make comparisons. Think about some of your hardest times before you met her. What bad habits do you have that she puts up with? What role does she play in your life? What dreams do you have together that you didn’t have before? It’s really important to let her know how much you love her in a practical way, then rephrase it romantically.

Keep It Real

Be yourself! Whatever you do, don’t try to be someone else. She knows you and will spot anything fake or copied a mile away. Write about the things you think about her but are too shy to say out loud. You know what she likes so perform the poem through your real life experiences together.

Rhythm and rhyme

Rhythm is better than rhyme and it’s important that your words flow with sincere sensuality. Trying to force rhymes can kill any poem so just let it happen. If most of your poem does rhyme, then great – you can play with it. The most important thing with love poetry is to tell her how you feel. Focus on the message.

Ready to Write? Follow the Steps Above

1) Brainstorm your senses.

2) Remember your good times together.

3) Tell her she’s special.

4) Keep it real.

5) Work with the rhythm.

Need Extra Help?
Write a Simile

________________ is like _________________

Your smile, laugh, touch, eyes  (is/are like)


Write a Metaphor

You are (my) _____________________________

Compare your lover to a positive or powerful force in your life.


You can find 10 of the best romantic poems here. 

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