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Poetry Writing Prompts

Even the best poets need a bit of prompting. Help out the poet in your life with a collection of unique and inspiring writing prompts.
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Write a Diamante Poem

Show your child how to write a diamante poem, which makes use of a simple structure and results in a diamond-shaped poem.

“Third Grade”

Write a Simile Poem ... Starring Your Pet!

Give your fourth grader a head start in poetry with a simile writing activity that guides him in crafting a cute poem about the beloved family pet.

“Fourth Grade”

Valentine Haiku

Looking for a simple, yet unique writing activity for your child on Valentine's Day? Have her try her hand at haiku.

“Fourth Grade”

Make Shape Poem Greeting Cards

Help your fourth or fifth grader design and write her own innovative greeting card by formulating a poem in the shape of her favorite object of choice.

“Fourth Grade”

Tanka Poem

Most of us are familiar with haiku, but the tanka is an even older form of Japanese poetry. Learn to write a tanka poem with this activity.

“Fourth Grade”

Write a Secret Sentence Poem

Write a poem with a twist! Your child can write a poem that also has a secret sentence hidden within the words of the poem.

“Fifth Grade”

Write a Funny Limerick

Your fifth grade aspiring poet will be delighted to learn how to write limericks, funny poems that correspond to a simple rhyming structure.

“Fifth Grade”

Write an Acrostic Poem

This festive New Year activity will encourage your fifth grader to reflect on her year and express her New Year's resolutions in a creative acrostic poem.

“Fifth Grade”

Book Spine Poems

Let your aspiring poet use book titles to create a funky and visually-appealing masterpiece!

“Fifth Grade”

False Apology Poems

Tired of fake apologies? What if that insincere apology was in the form of a poem?

“Fifth Grade”
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