Going on a Poetry Walk: Exploring List Poems

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Going on a Poetry Walk: Exploring List Poems

As spring starts to present its self in all of it’s glory, there is no better time to explore writing poetry with the young authors in your life…

A wonderful way to introduce young poets to the art and craft of poetry is through list poems. They are simple, fun, and even our youngest writers can partake through the simple writing of words or dictation.

Recently in the studio, we started our exploration of list poems by venturing out on a poetry walk. Before we began our journey, I prepared a basket-full of poetry delights: a clip board, printable for writing down observations (see below), colored pencils, magnifying glass, and a dose of list poem inspiration.

Poetry Walk...

When we arrived at the park we found a nice, shady spot under a tree and read through a variety of list poems, which served to get our poetic juices flowing. Next, we started to search for treasured items that would make for a good list poem inspiration. You can see our collection below. Note: it was early spring so there was not a lot of greenery to be found. However, through the art of observation, even the littlest objects can catch your attention!

Going on a Poetry Walk: Exploring List Poems

Next, our aspiring poet chose one item to focus on and used her senses to describe her object using the printable below. Once all of her descriptive words were down, she use her notes from the field to create her list poem. A very satisfying experience indeed!

Exploring List Poems

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With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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