How to Write a “Backward” Poem

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If you like poetry, wait till you try backward poetry! Young writers read Shel Silverstein's "Backward Bill" before writing their own funny poems that are full of backward imagery and phrasing.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Work on the poem during a school-wide Backward Day, or when working on counting backward
  • Play the video for learners as an introduction to the poetry lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires access to the Internet
Pros

  • Provides definitions of poetry basics
  • Straightforward instruction is simple and encouraging
Cons

  • None