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 done...WOOHOO...you 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
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.