Shape (Or Concrete) Poems

Poetry comes in all shapes and sizes. Young writers pick a shape, select words and phrases that describe how the shape makes them feel, and create a shape poem. A raindrop example and step-by-step instructions give your budding poets a solid starting point to creatively express their thoughts. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Invite scholars to write a poem in the shape of their choice
  • Create and provide an outline of the ice cream cone shape for pupils to write in so they can get the feel of how big a shape should be when writing a shape poem
  • Brainstorm shapes of a certain theme and allow learners to choose their favorite to write about 
Classroom Considerations

  • Copies are required
  • Class member may find some difficulty creating shapes of the right size
  • Provide an example of an appropriate size

  • The example poem is appropriate for all levels 
  • Directions are clear and youngster friendly

  • None