Are You Looking For Inspiration?
As a busy teacher are you sometimes looking for quick and easy writing ideas that the children will love and will give you some amazing results? Then we have the answer for you.
This is the first of a series of posts from Goodeyedeers that busy teachers are going to love.
This idea can create poems as short or as long as you wish.
It is a great way to introduce the idea of similes to younger children.
How It’s Done?
- You need to start with a good thesaurus. This is a great opportunity to explain to the children what a thesaurus is and when they should be using one.
- Browse through the thesuarus and choose a verb, one with a decent range of synonyms. I like to start with sound, move and see.
- Next, come up with a title for your poem that fits your chosen verb. So, for sound, you might have ‘A Noisy Poem’ for move ‘A Poem On The Go’ and for see ‘A Poem With Eyes’.
- Create a list of the verbs that are alongside your source verb in the thesaurus and number them – something like this:
- Each line of your poem begins with the word It.
- Then ask the children to choose a number to get their verb. Then, to create the simile, add the word like after the chosen verb.
- So, for move you might get:
It falls like …
It twists like …
It dances like …
- For sound you might get:
It screams like …
It pops like …
It snores like …
- Your children now need to complete each simile as interestingly and as vividly as they can.
- If my chosen verb had been shine I might finish up with a short poem that looked like this:
A Very Bright Poem
It glows like my bedside lamp.
It flashes like fireworks over my head.
It twinkles like a star in the sky.
It shines like the top of my Grandad’s head.
This idea has been used by David Horner in classrooms across the country. An here is a short video (for those of you who are visual learners) where David explains this idea in person.
David and Mike from Goodeyedeers.