Monday, February 18, 2013

Max Tell: The Magic IF Game


This is Max Tell with my 9th writing game to give the poems you write for kids a unique personal flair and a bit of a bite. 

Note: A reference to 'poems' also includes songs. A reference to 'songs' refers only to songwriting.

A special thanks to Sheree Fitch who's workshop on writing more personal and exciting poetry for kids inspired the creation of 'Koetry for Pids'.

Today's topic:

A slight change of plans: I was scheduled to talk about Rhyme, but thought I would break the pattern and give you a different type of game today. First view my video below, The Knight The Dragon and the Librarian, then I'll tell you all about the . . . 


Let's say, you want to write a poem, but you're not sure what you want to write about. Try the MAGIC 'IF' game. This is how the MAGIC 'IF' game works. You ask yourself a question:

What if such and such were to happen? Here are a few examples:
What if a meteor fell from the sky?
What if an elephant sat on a tack?
What if your favourite toy turned into jell-o?

Game one:
1. Write a few 'what if' questions of your own.
2. Choose the one you like best.
3. Write a poem answering your 'what if' question.

In the case of my video poem above, I asked myself 'what if' a knight, a dragon, and a librarian were in the same poem? What would happen?

Now your turn, think of two or three characters who you would like in your poem.

Here are some examples:
A chicken, a duck, and a centipede
A boy, a girl, and a man-eating carrot
A giant and a worm

Game two:
1. Write a few 'what if' lists of characters of your choice.
2. Choose the list you like best.
3. Write a poem about your favourite 'what if' list of characters.

Don't forget to share your poems with family and friends. And don't forget to edit, edit, edit.

For more of Max's poems, check out The Land of Graws.
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Sheree Fitch
Writing Stories in Rhythm & Rhyme
Shel Silverstein
Scansion: For Advanced Poets
Rhythm & Meter: Advanced Study
Essential Children's Collection

Next week's topic: 
Rhyme / An Introduction

What poetry question would you like answered? Point of View? Rhyme? Something of your choice? Student questions are also welcome. Your comments below would be greatly appreciated.

Bye for now and see you soon.

Have a great writing day.

Love writing, but love editing more.

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