Wednesday, April 27, 2011

How-To Poems

How to Leave Your Mark
Photo by Amy LV

How-To Poems

Some poems explain a procedure, or how to do something.  It might be directions on how to play a game or make a craft or even do something silly like making an ENORMOUS snow cone.  Line-by-line, such poems walk readers through a process and teach them to do something new. 

from April 2010

from January 2011

from November 2010

Here are two more poems which explain how to do something.

Find a Roll of Foil
Two Eggs

You may have noticed that several of these poems have appeared on more than one list this month.  This is because a poem can use many strategies and cross many idea-finding paths at once.  For example, "Two Eggs" is both a how-to and a science poem.

What do you know how to do?  Try writing it out in a poem shape!

This Month's Poetry Revisits and Lessons So Far

April 1 -   Poems about Poems
April 2 -   Imagery
April 6 -   Free Verse
April 9 -   Poems about Science
April 10 - Rhyming Couplets  
April 11 -  Riddle Poems 
April 12 -  List Poems 
April 13 -  Poems for Occasions
April 14 -  Concrete Poems
April 15 -  Poems about Food
April 16 -  Quatrains
April 18 -  Alliteration
April 19 -  Poems about Sports
April 21 -  Family Story Poems 
April 22 -  Poems about Nature
April 23 -  Repetition
April 25 -  Concerns Poems
April 26 -  Mask Poems
April 27 -  How-To Poems

For the next few days, I will continue to pull together poems from MyPoWriYe (My Poem Writing Year) 2010-2011.  Then, in May, The Poem Farm will take a brief break as it finds its new direction.  Please feel free to share ideas for this new direction!

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Amy,

    Wanted to post a hello to say THANKS! I used your "How To" Poems page today in a lesson along with "How to be alone" by one of our Canadian poets, Tanya Davis.

    I appreciate this website resource very much so thanks for sharing it!

    Feel free to come say hello on twitter... @nico1e


    Nicole (English, French Teacher) in Tsawassen, British Columbia