Write a Christmas Shape Poem!

Christmas is a great time to write a poem with your class. Using a bit of rhythm, rhyme and imagination your children could soon come up with a poem to put in a card that will bring tears to their parents’ eyes!

My poem- ‘What is Christmas?’ has a very simple structure:- each line is an image or snapshot of what Christmas means to me. The rhythm is built up using 7/ 8 syllables on each line and the rhyme every two lines. Challenge you class to write a poem in the same style e.g.

I’m the tinsel on the wall (7 beats)
The crazy thrill that grips us all (8 beats)

Remind the children that they don’t have to rhyme at all if they don’t want to, but if you can include some rhyme, it really adds to the effectiveness of the poem!

After they have written a few lines challenge them to craft their poem into a Christmas shape e.g. a tree, a star. a bauble etc- quite a bit of work but worth it in the end!

Good luck with your poem and have a great run up to Christmas!

Ian Bland


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