Many years ago I came across a really great, fun site to use to teach my kids poetry. PoetryTeachers.com There are a number of types of poems with lesson plans to help you teach your kids to write them. Somewhere I have a binder, a large binder, full of these. My kids have loved writing them year after year.
The kids can write their own Roses are Red poems:
Roses are Red
Carnations are White
Obey Your Thirst
is the slogan of Sprite
(yep that’s from one of the first years I used these, umm 1999 I think)
Then there are Yankee Doodle poems, What I Cook my Teacher for Lunch, new lines for my favorite kids poem Shel Silverstein’s Sick, and so many more. There are actually new ones since I last looked. I’ll have to pull out my old binder and check to see what I need to print.
I think they one I had the most fun with though was the “I Can’t Write a Poem” poem. I listened for a few classes of other poems to what my students said about why they couldn’t write a poem and turned it into a poem of my own “What the Teacher Hears” now to find the file so I can share it, or maybe just write a new version.
Everyone should check these poems out teacher, parent, or anyone else.