How to Write a “Favorite Things” List Poem

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If your students made a list of their favorite things, would writing poetry be on it? After this poetry writing lesson, it might! Young writers make a list of what they like—or what they don't like—before crafting the list into a rhyming poem.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Play "My Favorite Things" from Roger & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music to open the lesson
  • Use during the first week of school as a getting-to-know-you activity
  • Have learners interview a partner and write the poem based on their partner's likes and dislikes
Classroom Considerations

  • Allow beginning writers to use free verse
  • Requires Internet access

  • Engaging for writers of all skill and interest levels
  • Provides examples that are easy to follow

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