Instant Verb Poetry is Magic!

29 Jul

Last term at ‘The Writer’s Club’ we explored how to add action and pace into our writing. This is what we discovered!

Add Strong Action Verbs

Action verbs bring a story to life! Verbs help you paint vivid word pictures.

Choose Your Verbs Wisely

Choose the verb that really matches the action you want to describe. For example, mice nibble rather than eat. When it comes to action verbs – you have lots of exciting choices:

Run or sprint or jog.

Laugh or giggle or squeal.

Yell or scream.

Hit or punch or slap.


Short Sentences

When you are writing the exciting parts for your story, use shorter sentences and strong verbs. This is not the time for flowery descriptions and lots of complicated dialogue. You want  your readers to keep up with the pace!

Enter Instant Verb Poetry!

Level One:

Instant Verb Poetry proved to be the perfect warm up activity for this workshop. Children each choose a noun and then write six verbs that can be associated with this noun. A sentence to expand on the subject (the original noun) completes the poem. That’s level one.

Level Two:

Level Two is a little harder. Children are divided into teams and using the same noun for each team, they need to create a verb poem.

For each original verb they have, they recieve a point. They need to really stretch their brains and extend their word knowledge.

The senior group at ‘The Writer’s Club’ in Parkdale chose the word ‘magic’. The timer was set ( 7 mins) and the race was on. The results were fantastic.

 

Magic

By Teagan, Maddy and Finn

Devinate

Charm

Confuse

Reincarnate

Float

Craft

I love creating mischief with magic

 

Magic

By Bianca and Imogen

Escape

Levitate

Trick

Reappear

Change

Amaze

I’m an awesome magician

 

Magic

By Tyla and Alani

curse

disappear

appear

dodge

disapperate

Using magic an be fun.

 

Magic

By Caitlin and Tristan

vanish

cast

deceive

control

explode

change

I can be mind blowing when using magic!

This is a great activity to encourage team work, build word knowledge, explore parts of speech and create interesting word lists! It takes about fifteen minutes, can be adapted to any topic and the results are awesome! And of course, it’s fun way to write poetry. What’s not to like?  If you do this activity with your class, take a minute to share your poems with us here at ‘Write Away With Me’. We would love to read them!

Happy writing this week!

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