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Help writing a poem?

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    Help writing a poem?

    I have never been able to write a poem. How do I help my child write one? (Animal Folktales, Page 15)

    She wants to write a poem about a Jungle. She has rhyming pairs as rain and train, macaw and paw. Help!

    DD1 8/23/09 - SC4
    DS2 9/1/11 - SC2
    DD3 2/9/13 - MPK

    Previous Years
    DD 1 (MPK, SC2 (with AAR), SC3)
    DS2 (SCB, SCC, MPK)
    DD3 (SCA, SCB, Jr. K workbooks, soaking up from the others!)

    Re: Help writing a poem?

    Like everything, set it up for success. You can approach it many ways. This is one:

    Draw on the board four lines.

    At the end of each line, place her carefully chosen rhyming word. (Fun start, by the way!)

    Have her choose only one descriptive word to go before each of the other words. This will probably become a nonsense or silly poem, but that is okay.

    If she can "hear" syllable accents, it can be fun to attempt stressed/unstressed/stressed patterns.

    TWINK-le TWINK-le LIT-tle STAR

    With only two words per line, her first line might be ...

    FALL/ing RAIN

    Just play with it. Playing with words to convey something pleasing -- a great exercise to stretch the mind a little.

    Let her change her ending word if, for example, claw or jaw or straw might work better with macaw.

    Please share when she finishes! One of Michelle's first poems came after a children's gymnastics class. It was something like this:

    Foot, foot
    Hand, hand
    Foot, foot