Idea 170: Structure for Beginner Poetry

This is a scaffold to allow pupils who are just discovering poetry to get into the swing of things. I often find that the problem with creative tasks is that children don’t know where to begin, as there are just so many options. Children tend to react a lot better when they have some kind of nudge as to what kind of topic or angle they could use. The structure below is for children who perhaps don’t find being creative that easy; it’s a basic scaffold that they can put their own thoughts into.

Poem Structure: 1 noun, 2 adjectives, 3 adverbs, 4 verbs



Smooth, Swift,

Quietly, Easily, Silently,

Hiss, Slither, Slide, Bite,


You can of course add or simplify this structure as needed, perhaps just having pupils stick with nouns, verbs, and adjectives. This structure is a good way to show your pupils that poetry doesn’t have to rhyme and doesn’t have to use complete sentences.

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