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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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Instant Poetry! A Writing Exercise

This activity allows your kindergartener to translate what he observes around him into a beautiful poem. Develop his writing skills and his creativity.

Write a Concrete Poem For Mom

Boost those first grade reading and writing skills with this sweet Mother's Day poem idea.

“First Grade”
Write a Seasonal Alphabet Poem

Help your child compose an alphabet poem about the season, and have her practice letters while awakening her creative writing skills, too!

“Second Grade”
Write an "I Used To, Now I" Poem

In this writing activity, let your child reflect on the past and practice his writing skills and word usage as he creates an "I Used to, Now I" poem.

“Second Grade”
Write Parts of Speech Acrostic Poetry!

If helping your child learn parts of speech makes you want to take a nap, try this exercise. It's a sure way to keep those creative juices flowing.

“Second Grade”
Put on a Poetry Party!

Turn your living room into a sophisticated café while your child and her friends explore the world of poetry with this unique and entertaining party idea.

“Third Grade”
Nature Poetry

Inspire a love for the written word by creating an illustrated nature poetry book with your kids.

“Third Grade”
St. Patrick's Day Haiku

Take advantage of the upcoming Irish holiday, Saint Patrick's Day, to encourage your third grader to flex his poetry muscles and come up with a haiku.

“Third Grade”
Make an Acrostic Birthday Poem

This writing activity to get your third grader to combine the fun of poetry with the excitement of celebrating a birthday.

“Third Grade”
Valentine Acrostic Poem

Show your little poet how to create a beautiful acrostic poem for someone special this Valentine's Day.

“Third Grade”
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”
Write a List Poem

If you can make a list, you can write a poem! Get your child to practice writing and express herself with a list poem.

“Fifth Grade”
Write a City Poem

Help your child harness her feelings about a favorite city, by using her city knowledge to produce a poetic composition.

“Middle School”
Poetry in Music

Here's a fun way to learn about rhyme in songs and poetry, and to get your middle schooler writing some poetry of his own!

“Middle School”
Create a Found Poem

Found poetry is a great exercise for kids to practice seeing the beauty and humor in ordinary, everyday language.

“Middle School”
Make Mix-and-Match Poetry Dice

Confused about clauses? Get the concept to stick by helping your middle schooler make mix-and-match poetry dice filled with independent and dependent clauses.

“Middle School”
13 Ways of Looking at a Poem

Use Wallace Steven's "13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" to inspire your middle school teen to sketch and free-write a poem with shifting perspective.

“Middle School”
Write an Epic Poem

This activity helps your teen write his very own adventurous epic poem, featuring an imagined hero.

“Middle School”
Write Book Blended Poetry

Get your reluctant teen excited about writing: by alternating "found" phrases from a favorite book with his own writing, he'll create a unique, profound poem.

“Middle School”
Found Poetry

Encourage your reluctant writer to build creativity with a found poem, which is written by rearranging bits and pieces of other peopleâs writing.

“Middle School”
Valentine Sonnet

Love is in the air, and there's no time like Valentine's Day for your high schooler to learn about the most romantic poetic form: the sonnet!

“High School”
Collaborative Poetry

In this activity, create a poem that emerges from the collaboration of parent and teen in the activity of observing, discussing, reading, and writing.

“High School”

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