Writing Simple Poems

Tutor Audrey Briggs offered a wonderful suggestion at our last Tutor Roundtable.  She presented a short poem by William Carlos Williams entitled The Red Wheelbarrow and then chose the words in italics to be changed by her learner Eun Jung Cho:

The Red Wheelbarrow

so much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens

Here’s Eun Jung Cho’s poem:

The Gold Sands

so much depends
upon

the soft gold
sands

twinkled with dancing
waves

beside the white
seashells

What a beautiful poem!  Try this simple reading and writing exercise with your learners.

For more information on writing simple poems consult Enriching our lives: poetry lessons for adult literacy teachers and tutors by Frances E. Kazemek and Pat Rigg.  You can find this book in the Newton Free Library’s Literacy Collection: LIT 808.1 K18E

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