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“Never” poems | How to write a silly poem with your homeschoolers

by | Aug 26, 2019 | Poetry

Today, why not spark a bit of fun by having the kids write a silly poem? After all, sometimes we homeschoolers need a break from the same-old-same-old.

With only a few simple rules to get them started, your budding poets should produce some gems in no time at all!

Understand Alliteration

When your children write a silly poem, they’ll need to choose a sound to repeat using a poetic device called alliteration.

al·lit·er·a·tion is the repetition of a consonant sound at the beginning of a word.

Usually, the alliterative words start with the same letter. Here’s one example:

Betty Botter bought some butter,
But,” she said, “the butter’s bitter.”

Just because alliterative words need to start with the same sound doesn’t mean they have to start with the same letter. Even though the words in this example start with different spellings, they all make the /sh/ sound:

Charlotte shared her sugar
With a shaggy sheep named Shannon.

What funny things would your kids "never" do? Let those ideas inspire them to write a silly poem as a homeschool activity.

How to Write a Silly Poem

To write a silly poem, your children will write one sentence for each of the following, repeating their chosen consonant sound as many times as possible.

  1. Something you would never eat.
  2. An item you would never wear.
  3. Something you would never buy.
  4. Something you would never do.
  5. Someplace you would never go.
  6. Something you would always like to think about.
  7. “And I promise I will never …”

Show your kids the following example. Point out how the /b/ sound repeats throughout the poem.

Of Blue Biscuits and Bouncing Balls
I would never eat blue biscuits.
I would never wear a baggy beaded bonnet with brown buttons.
I would never buy a blind baboon's broken bicycle.
I would never read a book about boat-building in Bulgaria.
I would never go to Brooklyn to get bologna.
I would always like to think about bouncing balls in the bathtub.
And I promise I will never let Bubba's bunny eat barbecued beans for breakfast.

Once their “Never” poems are finished, invite them to choose some words from the poem and write a title.

Write Your Own Silly Poem!

Poetry should be shared! I hope you’ll post your child’s silly “Never Poem” in the comments.


WriteShop Primary & Junior | Elementary Creative Writing Curriculum

Five of the WriteShop Primary and WriteShop Junior levels incorporate poetry lessons! In at least one assignment per level, children learn the mechanics of a new kind of poem and apply what they learn to compose a creative piece. Poetry often gets a bad rap, but these activities teach kids how fun and inviting poetry can be!

WriteShop writing curriculum is the perfect complement to whatever homeschool language arts program you are using.