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Try Writing a LUNE

Lunes are poems in a package. They are not limited to specific subject which makes then different to haiku. They have no necessary association with nature or seasons.

Their structure is :

Three lines
First line – 3 words
Second line – 5 words
Third line – 3 words


Think of me
As a ballerina quietly twirling
Around the neighborhood

From the clifftop
I sang silly love songs
To the moon

When I laugh
No sound  leaves my mouth
Is that sad?

Your Lunes become more interesting if you can provide a surprise ending in the final line.

Children enjoy writing Lunes because the structure makes it easy for them to participate in writing poetry and there is a high degree of success.

Rhyme Within Reason

Poetry is an extremely flexible writing form. It is easily weaved into our writing programs across the year as opposed to just being pigeon holed into a specific unit of work. Poetry offers a unique response to literature -fiction or non fiction. Such is the flexible nature of poetry.

That our classrooms are filled with poetry that is enjoyable to listen to or fun to read is important, but it may not necessarily provide the best models for writing. From an early age children have much exposure to a significant amount of rhyming verse. However, when young writers attempt to create their own rhyming verses it often sounds forced or clunky to the ear. They begin to suffer ‘ the moon in June with a spoon ‘ syndrome!

The writer becomes more focused on findings words that rhyme rather than attending to meaning. The end result often has little or nothing to say. It’s ho hum. We need to direct them towards an understanding that word choice is critical to being an effective writer.

As an alte…