Just in Time for National Poetry Month!
by Hisami Aoki and Alana Pedalino
Celebrate National Poetry Month by encouraging your students to write their own shape poems, just like Jack does in the award-winning free-verse novel Love That Dog by Sharon Creech.
Poems are all about evoking emotions and creating imagery through words. But only one type of poem does this literally. We’re talking about the shape poem!
As Jack learns in Love That Dog, a shape poem (also known as a concrete poem) uses vivid describing words to create a picture of the poem’s subject. For example, here is the poem Jack writes about his dog, Sky.
Just like Jack, kids can use their imaginations and words to express what’s in their hearts by creating their own shape poems. Download this free worksheet to try this activity with all aspiring kid poets you may know:
Here are some sample shape poems created by the students in Kerry-Ann Reeves’s fourth grade class at Daniel Webster Elementary School in New Rochelle, New York (note: this activity was done in 2019, before COVID-19 social-distancing measures!):
How did your kids’ shape poems turn out? We would love to see (even if they prefer to keep their work anonymous, like Jack did at first). Please share with us on social media using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
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