This week on Poetry Box: Picture poems, machinery poems … let’s go!

have been thinking about what will happen to Poetry Box over the summer holidays and I think I am going to take a summer break. I will be going away to places without internet and doing lots of outdoor things and lots of reading and a little bit of writing. So for the rest of the term, I will try and post a challenge every week so there will be lots for you to do and try. Do get in your machinery poem by Thursday! See below for details. The prize is best for younger poets but give it a go anyway!

In December I will let you know my summer plan.

This week on Poetry Box we are going to do Picture Poems. On Monday I will give you a challenge and some starting points, on Tuesday I will give you some tips for picture poems, on Wednesday I will show you some of my picture poems, on Thursday I will share two fabulous new books (one by Jenny Bornholdt and one by Margaret Mahy) and on Friday I will post my favourite machinery poems.


A reminder about your machinery poem challenge:

I invite you to write a poem about a road machine. Make a list of all the verbs you can think of that fit your road machine. Verbs can give a poem zing and zest. Play with how you put them in the poem. You might just use one or two verbs that shine out or you might useLOADS of verbs. Over to you. You can even include a drawing that I could post too.

Send your poem to me by Thursday November 7thInclude you name, age, year and name of school. You can include your teacher’s name and email address if you like.

I wil post some of my favourites, but I will pick one poem to award a special prize to thanks to Scholastic. They have sent me a little blue bag containing five Little Digger books by Betty and Alan Gilderdale. These books are classic New Zealand picture books. The stories have such a good rhythm they BEG to be read out loud, time and time again. They are like a poem story or a story poem (‘So they got a bigger digger/ but the bigger digger stuck’). The rhyme is like the engine of a train because it keeps the story moving with a clackety clackety clack! I think there is an essential spot on every child’s bookshelf reserved for these books. Five little treasures, I say. Thank you Scholastic.

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