It is important to create a sense of wonder around words. Ralph Fletcher refers to deliberate playfulness with language to create a particular kind of effect. I agree. Wordplay is critical to feeling comfortable with language in general and poetry in particular.
Here are a few ideas to get the word fun started:
Poets try to see ordinary things in extraordinary ways
*Describe a pair of dirty,worn out sneakers
They look like.....
They smell like.....
They feel like.....
They remind me of.....
What don’t you want to be doing tomorrow ?
What don’t you want to be doing next week ?
What don’t you want to be doing when you grow up ?
Word gatherers - collect words...poets need them
Words which sound like noises (onomatopoeia )
Words which sound good
Words which are made up:
When poets use a string of words which
begin the same letter we call it alliteration
Awfully angry ants
Badly baked biscuits
Cold ,crumbly cake
Dreadfully daggy denims
Describe an imaginary animal without saying what it is
Consider what might happen to a child who:
-refuses to get dressed
-is continually rude to people
-keeps on smashing everyone else's toys
Create a busy rushing rhythm
We are pushing...
...Write a spell to make your teacher smile at you