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Write Theme Poems

 

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Write Theme Poems

Grades 3 – 5
Activity Time 30 minutes
Publisher International Reading Association
 

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Why This Is Helpful

 

Activity Description

Who knew that poems could be round or square or even fish-shaped? Shape and theme poems, or poems that look like the things they describe, are a fun way to introduce children to poetry and to get them to use words in new ways. In this activity, children write and print poems in many different summer shapes.

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Why This Is Helpful

Writing is a process with a number of different steps: deciding what to write about, thinking of ideas, coming up with a title, writing, revising, and publishing. This activity has children do all of these steps, which are important not only for writing a poem, but also for any kind of writing. And using everyday objects lets children think and write about things that are important to them, learning as they write that anyone can write poetry.

This activity was modified from the ReadWriteThink lesson plan Theme Poems: Writing Extraordinary Poems About Ordinary Objects.

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