Poetry writing was one of my kids’ favorite “classes” at homeschool co-op. They learned to enjoy writing poetry through the simple, goofy activities we shared in the group setting.
Here are 3 of our favorite ideas for learning poetry at our homeschool co-op:
1. Using a friendly curriculum, I introduce the poetry concepts of the week (for instance, in poetry, we might talk about poetic sound language such as alliteration or rhyme. Then I read outloud some samples of famous poems being read by famous people.
Here are some good examples of rhyme and/or alliteration on Youtube.com:
2. Then I break our homeschool co-op kids into teams, assign a noun, and see how many of each examples of the poetic sound language (carrying on a theme of alliteration or rhyme) that they can come up with to go along with our noun. We use a timer and give them 60 seconds. (A good way to do this is have the kids look up the Noun Generator at randomlists.com and choose a noun from a generated list.)
For instance, they might generate the word “wealth”.
Then the team might come up with these rhymes:
stealth (not too many rhymes for that word…)
Next they might find these words that alliterate with wealth (and have something to do with wealth):
3. Lastly, let the kids take 3 minutes and come up with a couplet created from their noun, a few rhymes, and some of their alliterations and create a couplet (2-line poem). Have them share it with the group
I’m wishing that I had more wealth
But it might not be wonderful for my health…
(Note: While this lesson may seem simple, we have found that often our students have had little experience with poetry before high school. They often need a solid introduction or refresher exercise or course.)
Our homeschoolers have laughed a good bit by the time they finished the above poetry exercises- and are more confident for writing some on their own for homework in their curriculum.
Breaking writing down into tiny, non-intimidating pieces is helpful for many young writers. Here’s the first of Sabrina’s 5-part video series on Teaching Writing: