Here is a writing activity to help ESL students learn English writing with a whole lot of creativity.
- Time: 10-20 minutes
- Level: High beginner +
There are a great many examples of List Poems on the net. One of my favorites is by the great writer Shel Silverstein’s, Sick, a fine list poem.
- This online pdf has many good examples of list poems.
- Good examples by younger writers can be had here, the Poem Farm.
What is a list poem? It is a kind of free form poetry.
This fun, high interest activity asks students to make a list of things and put them inside a loosely structure poem.
What kind of list?
- Things I’m afraid of
- Places I’d like to visit
- Food I’d like to eat
- Things I’d like to do
- People I’d like to meet
- Things I’ve learned outside class
- My best excuses
- The best presents I ever received
How it Works
Explain the idea of a list poem. List poems generally have four features:
- a single topic
- a list of people, places, things or actions related to the topic
- organized ideas
- free form structure; words don’t need to rhyme
Find and display a few examples on the web to review as models.
Students think, create and write.
Students learn how to build a list and sequentially integrate facts into a cohesive story. Weaving facts into a whole story is a vital cognitive skill for any writing genre.
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