April is National Poetry Month. As we consider online learning opportunities, I’ve been thinking about how we might get our students to play with words through poetry!
Ask students to write a poem by choosing one of the following constraints:
- two words per line
- fifteen words
- three-syllable words
- only verbs
- words that do not include the letter ‘a’
- one word on the first line, then two on the second, then three, etc.
Rather than dictate which constraint your students should use, let them choose from a list like the one above. (You may decide to change the constraints based on the grade level you teach.)
As an example, I have included my latest creation. I gave myself the constraint of two words per line and began each stanza with the same two words: These Days.
These Days by Karen Filewych
(Thanks to the The Writer magazine for inspiration this week…)