Talk to your pupils about similes, personification and imagery...
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
- 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. Simply choose 5 words and have a bit of fun as a class playing with words using poetry techniques!
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 moon walks and the planets, there’s 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 pupils what they think an alien would smell like or what a shooting star would taste like!
Encourage pupils to experiment with vocabulary and be imaginative – it’s their sense poem and can be as serious, or silly, as they like!
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
It’s Valentine’s Day next week so it’s a great opportunity for pupils to write about something or someone they love...
From pets, friends and family to food, a hobby, an idol or somewhere they have visited, there is lots to inspire their poetry writing.
For a twist you could ask your pupils to write an anti-love poem, so what do they dislike... eating vegetables? Homelessness? Homework? The Australian bushfires?
The poems can be funny, cute or serious – poetry is all about being able to express yourself!