Posted by: Debby | March 4, 2011

Play With Your Words Poetry Prompt #9: List Poems to Capture Your Life

I have been off my normal routine for two months now. Life has happened, some good, some sad. All of it busy. There has been no time for long leisurely journaling, much less for creative writing exercises. And yet so many moments have filled this time, both big and little.

Enter the List Poem. I’ve written lots of them in my head, yet so far have recorded none. So this week it’s time to capture some list poems, to process the events of these busy weeks before they get lost in my return to blessed routine.

How to write a list poem?

  1. Choose a topic.
  2. Brainstorm all the ideas that relate to your topic.
  3. Choose the ones you want to use in the poem.
  4. Decide on the order in which you wish to present them.
  5. Write your poem.

When done, share your poem with family, friends, and writing partners (or if you prefer, copy it into your journal). If you are sharing, compliment each other on the strengths of the writing and the ideas or phrases you like.

If working with preschoolers, color together or cut out of paper a shape that relates to the topic and allow the child to dictate the poem as you record it. Then read it back together, pointing to each word as you read it in order to help your preschooler develop an awareness of the correspondence between the spoken word and written word.

Please share your poem as a comment here on the blog. Here is one of mine:

Snow at Night

Downy blankets,
Warm bed,
White light of morning.
Snow cloaks on
roofs
trees
grass
the road.
Sparkling,
Blinding,
Beautiful,
Light.

Happy Writing!

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Responses

  1. I did this activity with my three and four-year-old boys a week ago and they are still asking me to read their poems to them. Thanks for the great idea! Here is my four-year-old’s poem. He loves the Dreamworks movie How to Train Your Dragon.

    Dragons
    by John

    Wings
    Teeth
    Tails
    Scales
    Eyes
    Eat fish.
    Fly up high.
    Animals are afraid of them.
    Vikings fight them.
    Train them.
    How to Train Your Dragon

    My three-year-old wrote about dinosaurs

    Dinosaurs
    by Andy

    ROAR
    Stomp
    Walk
    Eat plants and meat
    Scary
    Exciting
    Stegosaurus
    Velociraptor
    Ankylosaurus

    Thanks again for the fun idea.

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    • I’m so glad your family had fun with this activity. I love your boy’s poems and I love the pleasure they take in them as well. Thank you so much for sharing them here on the blog!

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