Not sure how the Discovery Family Program works?
GOAL: Learn about poetry and support linguistic diversity through poetic expression.
The ADVENTURE: Explore different types of poetry an/or practice writing a poem yourself.
Let the kids help choose the poets they want to learn about
Find something to love about your child's attempts at poetry, and let them know how much you love it!
Really pay attention to the poetry and what it tells you about your child. Particularly with the Bio poetry, hear what they are saying and celebrate the things they reveal about themselves. Honor what is important to them by showing respect for and supporting the talents and interests that they reveal about themselves.
Put your child's poetry on the fridge or in a place where it can be seen and appreciated for the next several days or weeks or even months.
If you have a good opportunity, QUOTE their poetry! That will make them feel extremely important, and will let them know you were paying attention.
“Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.” –Aristotle
Poetry is a poignant art of expression It speaks for all and touches our hearts. Poetry shows that despite the divisions and disparities, much of what we feel and experience is similar and so is our relation with the nature. It gives voice to the deepest feelings of our hearts.
For this Adventure you will want to enjoy some of your favorite poems together and explore different forms of poetry. Do you have a Shel Silverstein book? Or Dr. Seuss books? Perhaps you have a favorite book of poetry or a favorite poem you have loved your whole life that you want to share. SHARE IT!
Because the world of poetry is vast and varied, there are poems out there you will love and types of poems you will enjoy writing. You just need to take some time exploring, learning, and finding your own poetic voice.
Here are some websites that can help you learn more about different poetic forms:
You probably remember learning about haiku and limericks and several other types of poetry, and of course you know that not all poetry has to rhyme. Whether you think you are a poet or not, here are five poetic forms that are not only simple to do, but a ton of fun!
Take some time as a family to try out these poetic styles and see what you come up with!
In an ABC poem, each line of the poem begins with a letter in the alphabet, starting with A and moving in order through Z.
Poem About A Friend:
Accepts you as you are
Believes in you
Calls you just to say Hi
Doesn't give up on you.
Envisions the whole of you even the unfinished parts.
Forgives your mistakes
Invites you over
Just be with you
Keeps you close at Heart
Loves you for who you are
Makes a difference in your life
Picks you up
Quiets your fears
Raises your spirits.
Says nice things about you
Tells you the truth when you need to hear it
Walks beside you
Explains things you don't understand
Yells when you won't listen and
Zaps you back to reality.
See how that works? Here is another example that is a little more complex:
A prayer was held in our nation,
Beauty was seen in more ways than one,
Children who are lost could find their salvation,
Death was slain and torture was done.
Earth was awakened after years of endurance,
Forgotten feelings were rekindled anew,
God was man's only path and assurance,
Hope was the foundation of the world we knew.
I knew more stories than those that were told,
Joy was a plague, and peace a disease,
Knowledge was worth more than silver and gold,
Love was sacred and endless as the seas.
Miracles were seen more than daylight,
Never was replaced with forever,
Our eyes could see through the dark of the night,
Passion lived in us more than ever.
Questions were answered, and answers were questioned,
Roses were pure and without thorns,
Sadness received only love and affection,
The empty knew why it was they were born.
Us as a nation would join hands in song,
Victory was a gift to the humble,
When tears were shed, the earth felt strong,
Exalted men would fall and crumble.
You and I would last forever.
Now try to create your own ABC poem. Choose one of the topics below or come up with your own:
✏️Poem about My Family
✏️Poem about Me
✏️When I Grow Up
✏️If I Were In Charge
✏️It's a Brand New Day . . .
✏️And My Future Begins
Another fairly easy style of poetry to try is Acrostic. Acrostic is a form of poetry where the first or last letters of each line create a name, word, or phrase. You can find these words by looking vertically at the beginning or end of the lines.
F- fiercely loyal to those we love.
A- accepting each for who and what they are.
M- matchless in our hopes and dreams for one another.
I- instilling pride in our hard fought heritage.
L- learning about our past guides us in the future.
Y- you love and cherish the people of your heart.
Going at the Pace of a little elF,
Eventually, it Ignites the floraL,
Nectar flow, Crowned with a fragrant halO.
Tantalizing, Kisses of honey dew lay on its succulent pilloW.
Lapping the Evidence from my fingers and facE,
Yesterday's Delicious gently picked floweR.
Now choose one of the words or phrases below and try to write your own poem, or choose a word or phrase of your own:
✏️This too shall pass
✏️My Favorite Things
A bio poem is used to reveal information to the reader about the poet. This is a really fun way to let each member of the family reveal how they see themselves and what it is about them that is important to them.
Line 1: First name
Line 2: Who is... (descriptive words that describe you)
Line 3: Who is the brother/sister or son/daughter of...
Line 4: Who loves...(three ideas)
Line 5: Who feels...(three ideas)
Line 6: Who needs...(three ideas)
Line 7: Who gives...(three ideas)
Line 8: Who fears...(three ideas)
Line 9: Who would like to see...(three ideas)
Line 10: Who shares...(three ideas)
Line 11: Who is...(three ideas)
Line 12: Who is a resident of...(your town)
Line 13: Last name
Who is creative, loyal, and passionate.
Who is the daughter of Denton and Helen.
Who loves music, Christmas, and a good book.
Who feels excitement, gratitude, and joy.
Who needs peace, food, and love.
Who fears failure, rejection, and letting others down.
Who would like to see healing, more kindness in the world, and New Zealand.
Who shares laughter, favorite books, and ideas for strengthening families.
Who is a wife, mother, and philanthropist.
Who is a resident of Utah.
An emotion poem is used to describe various emotions, good or bad, using descriptive language. There are a couple of different emotion poem formats to follow, and you could always come up with your own.
Line 1: State the emotion
Line 2: Describe the emotion as a color
Line 3: It happens when...
Line 4: It sounds like...
Line 5: And smells like...
Line 6: Restate the emotion
Is the color of hot lava spewing from a volcano.
It happens when I see injustice in the world.
It sounds like a loud, offensive, chaotic rock song
And smells like burning rubber.
Here is another format, and another example:
Line 1: State the emotion
Line 2: It smells like...
Line 3: It tastes like...
Line 4: It sounds like...
Line 5: It feels like...
Line 6: It looks like...
Line 7: (Emotion) is...
It smells like a deep red rose opening in the sun.
It tastes like delectable chocolate melting in your mouth.
It sounds like the birds chirping on a clear spring morning.
It feels like a fire on a cold winter's night.
It looks like an ocean scene painted by God.
Love is unpredictable and breathtaking.
Now try writing an emotion poem yourself~
A cinquain is a 5 line poem that follows a specific format.
There are various types of cinquains. Some are created with a number of words or syllables in mind. Others are created using various parts of speech.
Line 1- 1 word
Line 2- 2 words
Line 3- 3 words
Line 4- 4 words
Line 5- 1 word
Rising and setting
Lights the world daily
Line 1- 2 syllables
Line 2- 4 syllables
Line 3- 6 syllables
Line 4- 8 syllables
Line 5- 2 syllables
Wrapped in his arms
Hopeful about my day
Thinking about today's schedule
Using Parts of Speech:
Line 1- noun
Line 2- 2 adjectives
Line 3- 3 -ing words
Line 4- a phrase
Line 5- another word for the noun from line 1
Ticking, tocking, tracking
Passing the hours away
Now try it yourself!
✏️ Read fun rhyming books with your little ones
✏️ Play a rhyming game where your child says a word and you choose a rhyming word. After a few switch- You say the word and they choose the word to rhyme with it
Community Engagement Adventure
Ready to take this to the next level?
Organize a neighborhood poetry day and invite others to join you in writing poetry in each category specifically about your neighborhood
Organize an exhibition of poems and their creators.
Find a poem about something your teen is passionate about and read it together. Talk about what the poem means to each of you OR encourage them to write one of their own
by Appreciating Poetry