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Mrs. McKeown's Poetry
30 Days of Poetry - Day 4

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List Poems:
 
There are so many things that can be written in lists, that sometimes we cannot think of a thing to write.  To help, some ideas for lists are below.
 
Lists can be either rhyming or not. It is up to the writer to decide which style s/he uses.  In at least one of the poems you write, make a list humorous or far-fetched.  Then, in the final line, give the poem a serious turn.
 
Ideas for List Poems
 
The sources of:  Things That:
grayness            ring
stiffness             light
softness             you find in the grocery store
redness              hear in your house
squeaks              smell in the school
cold                    are round/square
sights                 are red/blue/green/black
 
Things:
to do waiting for the bus
to do trying to fall asleep
you should have done
you should not have done
that make you feel tall
that make you feel small
that make you tell your mother
 
Student Examples:
 
THINGS KIDS SAY WHEN THEY WANT TO GET OUT AND PLAY
--I did all my homework.
--I picked up my toys.
--I emptied the trash.
--My bed is made. No, there are no lumps.
--I ate all my vegetables.
--But everyone else is.
--Bobby's mom doesn't make him.
--But, Mom.
--No my dirty clothes aren't under the bed.
--Yes, Mom, I'm sure.
--Yeah, I'll be careful.  No, I won't poke my eye out.
--Oh, please!
---Steve Schlatter (Grade 10)