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Gather many small or large color cards from your local paint or hardware store. Generate a list of words that are appropriate for children and tape one on each color card. See the Gargantuan Word Jar Inventory in the bibliography for possible words or explore word lists according to grade level available through teaching web sites.
Have each child take a handful of cards and use them either for a specific exercise like writing a poem of praise or a prayer or for open writing. They may use the word taped on the card and the color name in their work and any other words that they need to have their work make sense. Children can trade in words for new ones, but it is better if the choice is random and they use what they have.
Poetic forms: Good form for children are haiku, cinquain, and free verse poems. Give them some examples to help them understand the structure. See the bibliography for books with specific exercises in poetic forms.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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