Tip #2: Define it!
Is there one particularly difficult word in the poem? If so, define it for kids before you read the poem. That way, not knowing the meaning of the word won’t stop them from comprehending and enjoying the poem.
Before reading the poem draft below, for example, I would define Kabuki for students, as well as show them a picture if I had access to one.
OK, I’m combining my Poetry Tips for Teachers series and my usual Thursday 15 Words or Less activity today. 15WOLers, I missed you in March! I had a wonderful trip, and I’m glad you guys kept enjoying writing poems in my absence:>)
Wake up your poetry brains with 15 Words or Less (guidelines here)!
Here’s a picture and my poem draft, circa 2007!? This image makes me think of:
1) Playland tunnels
2) horror movies
3) the sad clown painting in my parents’ den when I was growing up
And here’s my?first draft.
Black, blank eyes
Now it’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS!??(Title doesn’t count toward word count:>)? I noticed some of you started writing longer poems while I was away. Tsk! Tsk! I will be a strict taskmaster today!