Teaching Shape Poetry to Students
The advantage of Shape poems over the conventional type of poem is
the simplicity of writing it. In addition, it is enjoyable because the
writer is not restricted by rhyming. Thatís right! You have the option
of writing shape poems using ordinary words.
Regardless of how fun creating shape or concrete poems may be, you still
need to do some brainstorming because you have to pick a topic for your
poem. Your teachers will probably show you different tools that will
instruct and help you make a shape poem.
Some of the teaching tools used for shape poems are lesson plans,
mini conferences, key questions and interactive web sites. These are the
basic steps on how you can teach students about how to write shape poems
and how you can encourage them to do creative writing.
Just like any school subject, you should create a lesson plan for
shape poems. It would serve as the teacherís guide or plan when
discussing lessons. Lesson plans are also used on other subjects. Here,
all the topics that students should learn about shape poems are
outlined. The methodology or the manner on how to teach student about a
shape poems should be clear to the instructor. A lesson plan is just
like a road map on how you would teach your student about shape poems.
You can give key questions to students so they can have an idea on
how to write shape poems. For instance, you can ask them about their
favorite shape or what object
inspire them. These types of questions can help in brainstorming not
only for topics but for the shape, concept and verses which should be
included in the shape poem. Having key questions will keep the student
focused on what his shape poem should express or convey. Without key
questions, it would be easy to get lost in the details of creating a
shape poem. Key questions can be a factor in deciding whether to have
metaphors or alliterations in your concrete poem.
The interactive tool like a Powerpoint presentation, Flash
presentation or an interactive website can also help you illustrate the
concept of shape poetry. These tools are user friendly and have nice
graphics. You can show concrete examples of shape poems where your
students can get inspiration from. You can also include in your
presentation a step-by-step instruction on how to write shape poems.
There are also different themes you can choose from. From these themes
there are various shapes that you can use as an outline for your poem.
Always keep in mind that a shape form will never do without an outline
because it is not just about conveying thoughts through text or words it
also has to be visually stimulating.
There are more teaching tools available but these four are the most
common. You can say the easiest to use among these would be the
interactive tool because it is user friendly, and can guide any writer,
novice or otherwise one step at a time in creating a shape poem.