Playing with words

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By Pie Corbettpoet, author and freelance educational consultant

Encourage children to be adventurous with language and write lively poems

The new Framework for Teaching Literacy identifies the importance of encouraging children to write inventively – developing original playfulness with language and ideas. List poems are a simple and effective way of helping children develop confidence as writers. They provide a repeating pattern that allows children to focus on using words effectively and creating new and interesting ideas. For example:

I want to write a poem
made of a ladybird's scarlet wings.
I want to write a poem
made of crumbs from the last jammy dodger.
I want to write a poem
made of the sudden screech
from a car tyre
shuddering to stop!
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