Writing List Poems guides your students step by step through the process of writing a poem that has the form of a list. For example, students could write an eight-line poem on "What the Octopus Carried." Instructions, activities, examples, videos, interactives, and downloads help students learn poetic techniques and structures. You can also present this unit right from your interactive whiteboard.
Students warm up their thinking by reading an example poem and analyzing how it is different from prose writing. Then they get to play with the sounds of poetry--rhymes, rhythms, and line lengths. Afterward, students read two different list poems and analyze each in writing. These experiences prepare students to write their own list poems:
- Prewriting activities help students select a topic for their poems, gather details about the topic, and begin to arrange the details in a poetic order.
- Writing activities help students use rhyme, repetition, and rhythm to create sound and shape for their poems.
- Revising and Editing checklists help students improve their poems in big ways and small ways.