Action Verb Poetry

10 Mar

Welcome to Monday’s Muse! Every Monday morning of the school term in 2014, Write Away With Me will post a writing and/or storytelling activity that you can try with your class or your children at home.

Action verbs bring a story to life and paint vivid word pictures. But it’s important to encourage young writers to choose the verb that really matches the action they want to describe. For example, mice nibble rather than eat. When it comes to action verbs, there are lots of exciting choices:

  • Run or sprint or jog.
  • Laugh or giggle or squeal.
  • Yell or scream.
  • Hit or punch or slap.

This writing activity encourages team work, builds word knowledge, explores parts of speech and creates interesting word lists! It takes about fifteen minutes and can be adapted to any topic.

Level 1

In this writing activity, children choose a noun and then write six verbs associated with this noun. A sentence to expand on the subject (the original noun) completes the poem. That’s level one.

Here’s an example using the noun – Magic









I love creating mischief with magic

Level Two:

Level Two is a little harder. Children are divided into teams and are given the same noun to use for their poem. For each original verb they have, they recieve a point. They need to really stretch their brains and extend their word knowledge.

Happy writing this week!

After 25 years teaching experience, from Early Childhood to VCE, Beth Cregan combined her passion for books, writing and storytelling to launch ‘Write Away With Me’. Now in its fourth year, Write Away With Me offers a wide range of original and creative storytelling and writing workshops across Victoria. Our high energy workshops cover a wide range of writing styles/genres and a flexible approach, means we can tailor the experience to match the needs of your students and your school. Interested in booking a workshop for your class? Check out our range of storytelling and writing workshops today! Workshops for secondary classes and professional development are also available.

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