Racing around the bases of each page,
a bright yellow streak cheers each word
it underlines, exciting every letter that is
part of the team – Look at me!
I’m a home run thought to remember!
Author’s Notes: In 2008, I published this how-to article on http://ehow.com
How to Teach a Child to Write a Free Verse Poem
You can write a poem about anything! It’s easier than you think. Just look around you and pick out an object…let’s say you want to write a poem about a yellow highlighter.
How many words can you come up with to describe a highlighter and what it does? Remember to think of the five senses – what do you hear, smell, touch, see, and feel about the highlighter? What words did you come up with? How about – yellow, bright, a little bit squeaky, streaks, a little bit smelly, marks important words you need to remember, jumps up off the page.
Now try to think of a person, event, or circumstance that fits these words. Is there some event in your life that, if it was written, would be important enough to be “highlighted”? Have you ever made a home run in baseball? That would definitely be a highlighter event, wouldn’t it?
Using your five senses again, think of some words to describe making a home run – racing, excited, crowd cheering, dust flying, heart pounding, crack of the bat.
Now try to use some of the baseball words and some of the highlighter words to describe your highlighter. Remember, you don’t have to use every word.
Writing a poem this way gets easier every time you do it. Don’t be afraid to write something silly or that your poem will be bad. This is your poem and it only has to make sense to you.
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