POETRY WRITING GUIDE FOR SCHOOLS
FOR KICK IT OUT AND BLACK HISTORY MONTH
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Make rough notes on the following before you start to construct your poem.
1.Do you have any personal experiences you want to write about? – for example, playing in a game.
2.Any experiences or ideas from watching sport in a crowd, on TV, or reading?
3. Any thoughts about stars and racism? – for example, Henry and Heskey in European games this season.
4. Your thoughts about how you want to see Britain develop as a multi-cultural society in this new century.
5. Research to help you – good websites, www.kickitout.org excellent with good links too. Also click on our Kick Racism Out logo on our home page and click on the Channel 4 logo – that will take you to the excellent C4 Black and Asian History website. Also, look at www.cbc-clcstudents.org.uk – click on 4 Teachers and then click on writing frames(with pictures to view) – the one on Bend It Like Beckham will be especially helpful. It will lead you into thinking about how to build a successful multi-cultural 21st century Britain.
NOW YOU ARE READY TO CONVERT YOUR ROUGH NOTE INTO YOUR POEM. HERE’S A FEW CLUES AND IDEAS ABOUT HOW TO WRITE.
(a.) Don’t think of a rhyme first! If you do then your search for the next rhyme will control your thoughts! Let your thoughts control your search for a rhyme!
(b.) If you are rhyming, will your poem rhyme on every other line – ababab etc? Or will you go for rhyming couplets – aa, bb, etc?
(c.) Will you have the same number of syllables in each line or not?
(d.) Will you write blank verse – no rhyme but the same number of each syllables on each line?
(e.) Or free verse – no rhyme and lines of different length and syllable number.
(f.) Or an acrostic poem – eg:
You can, of course, make up your own relevant acrostic! Good luck! We look forward to your entry and good luck with the prizes! And many thanks for joining in