Casey’s language arts assignment this week (and last) taught him about writing poetry. He learned about imagery, figurative language, and how to use sensory details, personification, etc., to draw the reader into the poem. We use Sonlight’s Core G and I’ve been pretty hands off with his language arts, letting him walk through the lessons and activities on his own. But this week, when his assignment included writing a poem himself, I knew that if I didn’t push him along a little bit, he might not even attempt it. I know from experience that poetry assignments are difficult, motivationally speaking, but if you can just get started, they can be fun.
I would like to share with you a few handy tips for getting your ten year old boy to write poetry.
But I don’t have any.
I had to apply what I would call “gentle pressure.” I hovered a lot and talked about how to structure the poem and then he took it from there.
Also — I told him he couldn’t eat until he finished the poem.
You should probably just use whatever works in your house — threatening starvation may not work for you.
Without further ado, Frolicking Flamingo proudly presents . . . a poem.
In a puddle large and brown,
Hunts a dog as black as night.
No one knows what he wants to find,
But he stays and sneaks all day.
Now an egret swoops in silently.
Her beak is yellow like the sun.
The shadowy stalker sits and watches
His unsuspecting prey.
In a flash, the dog strikes,
Streaking across the field.
But the Egret continues to fish.
She waits until the very last moment
Then flees into the air.
The dog pounces, but falls into the mud.
He furiously barks at the bird
Flying away into the sky.