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Writing Poetry Just for Fun
Here's a really fun way to write your own poems.
You can do it alone or with your family or friends.
You can even tell your teacher about it, and maybe
it will be a fun activity for your whole class!
At first it may sound a bit corny, but once you get started, you'll be surprised at how talented and creative you are and how much really interesting, funny, serious, or spooky poetry you can create.
What you'll need:
pens or pencils
small slips of paper
2 small containers
     (boxes, cups, etc.)
notebook paper
folder or notebook
your "thinking caps"
table or lapboards
Getting Ready to Play:
1) Each player gets a pen or pencil, some small slips of
   paper, and a few sheets of notebook paper.
2) Put the two containers where everyone can reach them.
3) Assign a "Poet Laureate." This is the one who organizes the
   lines of poetry as the group creates them.
   He/she is in charge of making sure everyone gets a
   chance to share their ideas, words and lines for the
4) Assign a "word grabber" (you'll see why in a minute.)
Poem Format Suggestions:

There are all kinds of ways to write a poem  It might be easier to end up with a well-written and organized poem if you choose your format before starting each poem.
Here are a few suggestions:

Poems come in all shapes and sizes and have various rhythms.  The poems here won't win any contests, but they can give you an idea about putting your poem together.
There are no "wrong" ways to do it.  The overall structure can be anything from one long series of verses (lines) to several stanzas  (groups of lines) composed of verses divided into groups of four, six, eight, or more. REMEMBER...this is a FUN GAME so just play with the words and phrases until you're happy with how your poem looks and sounds.
If you write a poem
And you're proud and want to share,
then edit it very carefully
And take very special care
to dot the "I's" and cross the "T''s"
And send it to me HERE

Be sure to ask your parents first
So you'll be safe and well.
No one on this site will hurt you
But on the web you just can't tell.

Be sure to pick a Nickname
LIke many writers do
And watch this page for updates
That just might include YOU!
How to Play the Poetry Game:
Getting Started:
1)  Each player writes down a topic/word/phrase on a
    small slip of paper and puts it in one of the containers.
    The group may decide to leave it wide open or to  
    narrow the topic to "funny" or "scary" or...???
2)  The word grabber takes a slip of paper out of the
    container, and what it says is what your group poem
    will be about.
Here are a few ideas:
pets, zoo, farm, aquatic, or jungle animals, bugs, favorite foods, sports, video games, cartoons, super heroes, toys, aliens, TV shows, commercials, movies, music, songs, singers, etc.
Alternate line end rhyme:
A very common format.

Let's go play in the pool,
And if Mom says it's alright,
It would be really cool
To play in the pool all night.
Couplets: The end of each two lines rhyme. Sonnets have this.

Let's go play in the pool,
That would be really cool!
And if Mom says it's alright,
We'll play in the pool all night
Writing the poem:
1) Once the topic is picked, each person, on his or her own, writes at least three words
   about to the topic on separate slips of paper and puts them in the other container.
2)  The "Word Grabber" mixes the slips up and then draws one out at a time.  As each
    word is drawn, the group tries to create a phrase or sentence that includes that word
    and is about the topic.  First the players should write down the phrase or sentence.
    Then the "Poet Laureate" calls on them to read what they wrote.   
3)  The "Poet Laureate" puts all the slips on the table in front of her, and the group
    helps to decide how to arrange the different lines and make rhymes with them so that
    when all the arranging is have a poem!
4)  The group can edit and refine the poem but you should limit the time you will spend
    on each poem you create.  Remember - this is designed to be a FUN time, not a time
    for perfection.
5)  The poem is "done" when the group decides it's done. You may want to choose a
    set number of lines or drawn words before starting the poem.
NOTE: Poems do not have to rhyme but in this game, it's much more fun and a lot more challenging if they do. (See  "format suggestions" for ideas regarding rhyme patterns and types of poems.)
And another NOTE: This game works best if the group isn't too big - four or five players per group is good. If a large group is participating, you can make it a contest to see which group writes the most creative and interesting poem.
A Note to Parents:
To your right (sounds like a guided tour of someplace...LOL) you will see a poetry game for kids. I am hoping you will try it out with your kids on a family night or whenever it's convenient.  You might be surprised at what your children come up with!  Fostering their imagination and creativity through this and many other interactive activities that are so readily available nowadays is one of the best gifts you can give your child.
As an English teacher in the Florida Public Schools system, the classes I most enjoyed teaching were the ones having to do with students writing - personal essays, poetry, stories... everything that tapped into their personalities and creativity. I have created this Kids & Poetry page not only to encourage kids to write, but also to give them a place where they can display their work.
As a parent, grandparent, and...yes...greatgrandparent, too, I worry about the safety of children on the internet.  Although as an author I may present things in my novels that are not for kids, other than exerpts and chapters that are on their own separate pages, my entire site is designed to be safe for kids.  Keeping in mind that a majority of my pages are for adult readers due to subject matter (stuff kids probably aren't interested in reading) and level of vocabulary, if you find something that is, in your opinion, too "adult" for your child to view, I'd appreciate it if you send me an email with the name of the page and what your concerns and/or objections are.  While I may not change or delete every item you mention, I will at least have a dialogue with you about it and explain my reason for removing it or leaving it on the page.
Having said the above, I do want to tell you that, in my opinion, it is your job as the parent to check what your child is reading and make judgments for them about what materials are appropriate to your family and its beliefs and values.

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