Using refrigerator magnets to create poetry is so much fun with the Verses Poetry Creator app! Students can select a database of words using the mixer tool, then shuffle, sort and build poems with their selected words.
It was a great exercise in reviewing different forms of figurative language, then seeing if they had words available to create their own poems.
Once the students finished, the 'share' allows them to send the poems with the magnet formatting to my e-mail address. They are now proudly displayed at our media center entrance. Great job, guys!
A pure found poem consists exclusively of outside texts: the words of the poem remain as they were found, with few additions or omissions. Decisions of form, such as where to break a line, are left to the poet. (from poets.org) Our students looked though magazines and newspapers to clip letters and words. They assembled them into poems, then decorated the pages. We had so much fun doing this, they asked for a second day to finish. Success!
Exquisite Corpse Poetry Writing was thought to have developed as a game during the French Surrealist movement in the 1920s. There are a variety of ways to play, such as blindly following a sentence pattern (adjective, noun, verb, adverb, prepositional phrase) or by seeing only one line as written by the person before them.
I took the first line from real poems and wrote them on the top of a blank sheet of paper. The students took turns in their group reading the first line, then creating a line of their own. They folded the paper down after each turn to reveal only one line to the next person. There might have been a little peeking, but for the most part, they all enjoyed this fun and low-tech writing process. See the examples below.
The Academy of American Poets at Poets. org has many resources available for stacking the whole month of April with poetry fun! See how you can celebrate the written word with 30 Ways to Celebrate.