Two word poems
the strategy uses known experiences of the child
is an introduction to how a poem is different to prose
uses two words only and these are the strong words of writing- nouns and verbs
maintains a rhythm without rhyme through the use of two words
come soon. © Lorraine Marwood
make a bank of words to do with a known topic like school fair, sports day, first day of school, weekend, hobby…
then explain that every line only has two words and each group of two words has a whole line to itself.
suggest the children look over the word list they have made and pick an exciting start to the poem- maybe a feeling to do with the topic- see my example of ‘excitement bubbling’
then set a line quota like 8 lines- after all this is only 16 words
remind the children that each line is only two words- so unnecessary words like prepositions will be left out.
allow the children to read aloud their completed poem. Hear the rhythm, see the colour, hear the action.
older classes can use the two word technique to write on Anzac day, Australia day or a love poem.