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Free-Verse Poetry for Children
Free verse, like abstract art, is where the definition of poetry becomes complicated. Reading free verse poetry and discussing with the children why it is a poem, what about where the lines break and the use of longer or shorter lines support meaning making in the poem can support children's understanding. It is very important that children have the opportunity to practise reading these poems aloud using the punctuation and the line breaks to support their reading. See all courses. Home Free Verse.
Free verse is one of the simplest, and yet most difficult, type of poetry to write. Carefully chosen words can help you create a poem that sounds like the situation, emotion, or object you are trying to portray. For instance, short words with sharp consonants cause the reader to stop-and- go in a choppy cadence: Cut, bash, stop, kick, lick, bite, punch, jump, stick, kiss. They almost sound like what they mean. Use these types of short words when you want to show excitement, fear, anger, new love, or anything that might make your heart beat quickly.
Poetry has always been my favorite type of writing, both as a child and as an adult. This type of writing forces the author to be intentional in their choice of words, which can create a powerful statement. Poets use words to show rather than tell. Many forms of poetry also mimic music, with alliterative and rich language that can sound lyrical when read aloud. Most importantly, poetry can provide several academic benefits; as kids learn to rhyme, they will seek out new words and new uses for existing words. This allows them to greatly expand their linguistic building blocks.
Free verse poems will have no set meter , which is the rhythm of the words, no rhyme scheme , or any particular structure.
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By Tynea Lewis more by Tynea Lewis. Free verse poems do not follow any rules. Their creation is completely in the hands of the author. The author chooses how to use techniques such as rhyming, syllable count, stanzas, line length, etc. Some of these poems follow natural speech patterns, while others use shortened or extended lines to convey thoughts and emotions.
Creative kids who don't want to be restricted by writing rules and regulations can celebrate free verse poetry. You don't need to rhyme or follow a meter, but you do want to create an emotional poem that captures the spirit of your subject. Free verse poetry for kids usually features a common childhood experience captured in a few descriptive words. When teaching poetry , this can be a simple and approachable form to start with. Sit and kick. Back forth back forth.