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Discuss similes, personification and imagery with your students.
These are great poetic techniques to bring poems to life – imagery can let readers feel as if they are in the scene the poet is setting, similes create wonderful descriptions and personification can give an identity to unexpected things, such as a child’s toy witnessing a visit from the tooth fairy or how a football feels being kicked around!
Experimenting with these and other poetic techniques is a fun part of the planning and drafting of a poem.
Try making word soup with your students to inspire their poems! To start your word soup you need ingredients, ask each student (or group) to write the following on separate pieces of paper:
We suggest at least 5 of each from the above list, this will make sure their word soup
has plenty of choice.
Making Word Soup is easy, put all the bits of paper in a bowl or box and each student needs to pick 5 pieces of paper out, which will then inspire their work …
Our theme is winter. Our ingredients are:
• Nouns: snowflake, Santa, hat, Christmas, snowman.
• Colours: blue, white, green, orange, red.
• Verbs: ice-skating, playing, laughing, smiling, wrapping.
• Adjectives: cold, tall, fast, crunchy, sparkly.
Our word soup gave us these 5 words:
snowman, red, cold, hat, fast
and our poem goes like this:
It’s a cold winter’s day,
My nose and cheeks are red
As I’m outside, building my snowman,
I add a hat and a carrot nose to finish,
I hope he doesn’t melt too fast!
When a diamante poem is written it takes on the shape of a diamond. It uses two words that are opposites, which you build the poem around.
A diamante poem is made up of 7 lines using a set structure:
Line 1: Beginning subject
Line 2: Two adjectives words about line 1
Line 3: Three verbs about line 1
Line 4: A short phrase about line 1, a short phrase about line 7
Line 5: Three verbs about line 7
Line 6: Two adjectives about line 7
Line 7: End subject
Shining, twinkling, dazzling
Beacon of light, an orb in the sky
Waxing, waning, glowing
Move your lesson outside. Let your students be inspired by nature or what they can see outside, perhaps a sunny day reminds them of a special memory which they can share in verse – there’s inspiration all around us, and moving your poetry lesson outside provides a different stimulus for your students. Brighten up your day with a bit of sun and poetry fun!
Sense poetry is a fantastic poetry type that is suitable for all age ranges to explore.
Write a class sense poem on a space-related subject (or theme of your choice), from aliens and rockets to moonwalks and the planets, there is lots to be inspired by.
As a class, think of descriptions for each sense based on your subject – this can be lots of fun as you ask your students what they think an alien would smell like or what a shooting star would taste like!
Encourage your students to experiment with vocabulary and be imaginative – it’s their sense poem and can be as serious, or silly, as they like!