Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Vocabulary Target Words: acrostic, author, couplet, form, language, language art, poem, poet, poetry, poetry reading, rhyme, rhythm, structure, theme, title
Did You Know?: April is National Poetry Month
1. Poetry is a form of language art ~ it creates imagery and feelings for the reader. What do you think about when you hear the word poetry? Focus on specific words such as:
2. Acrostic Poem ~ explain how an acrostic poem uses each letter of a word to begin a line when writing a poem. You can use any of these ‘four seasons’ themed printables to build one:
3. Bio Poem ~ explain that a biography poem is reflective; a poem about one’s self.
4. Finish The Poem ~ discuss the popular Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue poem and explain its theme: love. This is the most common form of the poem:
Roses are red
Violets are blue
Sugar is sweet
And so are you!
Now, give the child the first two lines and have them finish a new version with two last lines of their own.
5. Couplet ~ discuss the term ‘couplet’ in poetry, which are two lines that rhyme. These are two examples from Tickle Day: Poems from Father Goose by Charles Ghigna:
From Nature’s Shows:
Nature puts on little shows
Every time it rains or snows.
From Turtle Trouble:
Tell me if you think you know
How to make a turtle go.
Next, using a sample of Douglas Florian’s Mr. Backward poem, have the child create and insert a couplet or two to finish this poem:
Excerpt from Mr. Backward by Douglas Florian
Mr. Backward lives in town.
He never wakes up, he always wakes down.
Insert child’s couplet(s) here
He goes to sleep beneath his bed
While wearing slippers on his head.
Rhyming Words Worksheets:
poem = el poema
poetry = la poesia