“Never” poems | Write a silly poem
Today, why not have your children write a silly poem? With only a few simple rules to get them started, they should produce some gems in no time at all.
When your children write their “Never” poems, they will need to choose a sound to repeat using alliteration.
al·lit·er·a·tion is the repetition of a consonant sound at the beginning of a word.
Betty Botter bought some butter,
“But,” she said, “the butter’s bitter.”
Charlotte shared her sugar
With a shaggy sheep named Shane.
To write your “Never Poem,” you will write one sentence for each of the following, repeating your chosen consonant sound as many times as possible.
- Something you would never eat.
- Something you would never wear.
- Something you would never buy.
- Something you would never do.
- Someplace you would never go.
- Something you would always like to think about.
- “And I promise I will never …”
Once their poems are finished, invite them to choose some words from the poem and write a title.
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.
Poetry should be shared! I hope you’ll post your kids’ “Never Poems” in the comments.
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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 this genre can be!
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