Live Class: Grammar of Poetry


Roman Roads Classroom: Grammar of Poetry
Video Course + Live Instruction

The purpose of this class is to teach the art and discipline of crafting delightful prose and poetry. This is a creative writing course and will instill in the student a love of good writing and the skills to craft it. For ages 11 and up.

Weekly Recitations: Friday, 10-11 am PST
Instructor: Scott Postma
Credits: 1 English Credit
Length: Full Academic Year.



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Product Description

BUNDLEThis is a flipped-classroom. Students will listen to the video lecture (DVD or online streaming), read the course material and do the assigned homework before class. During class we discuss completed homework, read and recite poems, participate in in class/group exercises and discussion and review the next lesson. This is a writing class and students will be writing during class as well as throughout the week.

Course Objectives: 

  • Students will gain a thorough understanding of how to read and appreciate poetry.
  • Students will have a clear understanding of how to recognize pattern in language; specifically how to read and write iamb, trochee, anapest and dactyl meter.
  • Students will have a clear understanding of how to recognize and write the following tropes: pun, simile, metaphor, personification, synecdoche, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, alliteration, rhetorical question and euphemism.
  • Students will have memorized a set number of poems throughout the year.
  • Students will have written a set number of poems throughout the year, as well as keep a writing journal during the course of the class.
  • Students will have memorized a working vocabulary of poetry terms.

You will meet the objectives listed above through a combination of the following activities in this course:

  • Students will attend classes with homework prepared and ready to read, recite and participate in class.
  • Students will complete assignments, keep a poetry journal and write poems as assigned. Students will complete mid-term and final exam.
  • Students will interact with the greater poetry community by submitting a poem to a contest, participating in a recitation, etc.
  • Students will participate in class discussion, individual and group assignments, give thoughtful and reflective feed-back and be willing to share their written work.


Scott_PostmaScott Postma served in pastoral ministry for the past 20 years and is the author of The Most Valuable Gift and Discover Your Significance (published by Coram Deo Press). He is married to his high school sweetheart, has four amazing children, and has a precious grand-daughter he calls Maddie-cakes.

Scott has earned degrees in creative writing (A.A. from the College of Southern Nevada ), theology (B.A., M.A. from Salt Lake Baptist College), religion (B.S. from Liberty University), and classical Christian studies (M.A. from Knox Theological Seminary). Currently, he’s living in Moscow, ID, pursuing an M.A. in Theology and Letters at New Saint Andrews, a Ph.D. in Humanities at Faulkner University, and teaching part-time for Roman Roads Classroom and Logos Online School.

He’s passionate about the craft of writing, exploring the Great Conversation, obeying the Great Commandment, and teaching the Great Commission while collecting more books than he’ll ever read in a lifetime.

Age and Leve:
Minimum age: 11 years old.
Students should understand the mechanics of good writing at the 5th grade level.

Each student must have:
– A computer
– Broadband internet access
– A computer microphone (headset recommended)
– A webcam. (If you need a webcam: GOOD | BEST)

Video previews for the video course, Grammar of Poetry

Animated Introduction to the course:

Samples from various lessons:

Why Study Poetry?

Homeschooling with the Grammar of Poetry: