Poetry Box June Challenge: a winter poem video festival




Today is SO cold in Auckland and we are waiting for our fireplace to be finished. When it gets down to 1 degrees like last night (and probably colder up high where we are) it feels like winter. Our cats are sleeping tight together.

I love winter. I love running on the beach in the biting teeth of the wind to get warm. I love making hot soup and hot muffins and piping hot curries and tajines. I love looking at the bright blue sky when my fingers are numb.

Last week Y3/4 at Waitakere School made a video of themselves reciting an epic woman poem. You can hear it here. It inspired me to get you making poem videos.


Important: I can only post videos with you in them if the school or your parents give me permission!



The topic:           W  i  n  t  e  r


First:  you have to write a winter poem as a class or by yourself or with a friend. See tips below.

Second: you have to make a video of it. It might be you saying the poem or you might film something else as you read it.  See tips below.

Third: I will post the videos as I get them not just on the last day of the month.

So it will be a                      JUNE WINTER VIDEO POEM FESTIVAL

Fourth: On June 30th I will repost some favourite links to your videos. I will have a copy of A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children for at least one class and at least one child.


Deadline: June 27th

Send to: paulajoygreen@gmail.com

Please include: your name, age, year, name of school

Don’t forget: to put winter video poem in email subject line so I don’t miss it


Tips for writing a winter poem:

Collect as many winter words as you can. Hunt for verbs adjectives nouns adverbs. 50?100?

Make patterns with the words you collect.

Hunt for sparking similes.

Poem launch points: what you eat, do, wear, see in winter. Where do you go?

Real things can make a poem strong.

A winter poem might tell a winter story.

A winter poem might be short and it might be long.

You might write it together as a class or in a group, with a friend or sibling or by yourself.

Listen to the rhythm of your poem. How can you change it?

Play with how many words you put on the line.

Let your poem sit for a few days, then make sure you love every word and how it sounds.


Tips for videoing a winter poem:

Film yourself or your class reading the poem.

Play around with who says what line! One voice, many voices.

Film something wintry as you read the poem.

Film winter drawings you have done as you read the poem.

Film photographs you have taken as you read the poem.

You can film it on a phone! Or IPad.

You can get video tricky with how you do this but you can keep it very simple.

I am no expert on video things. This is a BIG learning curve for me so I will give it a go too. I will get my daughters to teach me.


Remember I cannot post videos with you on screen without parental permission or school permission if a class does it. Audio is ok.


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