Activity: Poetry for Everyone

SKILLS: Writing, describing, inventing
SUBJECTS: Language arts


DIRECTIONS:

Each person needs a piece of paper and a pen or pencil. Find a pleasant place to sit, either inside or outside. Close your eyes for a few minutes and imagine your favorite plant or animal. Imagine what it's like to be that plant or animal. Imagine its colors, its smells, its texture, its sound.

Now that you have an image, it's time to write a poem. This poem is called a "Diamante," and it shows that words are related to each other through shades of meaning. It follows a pattern in the parts of speech:

noun

adjective adjective

participle participle participle

noun noun noun noun

participle participle participle

adjective adjective

noun

Here's an example:

egg

light bright

living stretching growing

bird beak wing flight

soaring seeing seeking

feathered fluid

raven