T POE RY West Iron District Library MONTH 116 W. Genesee St. Iron River, Michigan 49935 APRIL 2020 Try these different poetry activities to celebrate Poetry Month and 1. 2. explore the fun of reading and writing poetry at home! Scrabble Tile Poetry Haiku Poetry Haiku: a Japanese poem of seventeen Use a bag of scrabble tiles to create short poems with limited syllables, in three lines of five, seven, letters. Don't have scrabble tiles and five, traditionally evoking images or Bananagrams? Cut squares of of the natural world: 5 SYLLABLES paper and write letters on them! 7 SYLLABLES Arrange and rearrange them on a 5 SYLLABLES flat surface when the inspiration strikes! On a frozen twig The little bird dreams of spring Oh! To see the sun 3. Cut-Out Poetry Do you have old magazines or newspapers laying around? Search through them with a pair of scissors and cut out words that 4. Acrostic Poetry An acrostic poem uses the letters in a word written vertically to begin a line of poetry written horizontally. The lines can jump out at you. Arrange the describe or fit the vertical words. words into your own original Try using your name as the poem by gluing them on a piece structure word - and each line a of paper or poster. descriptor of you! Or try it with the word spring. MORE POETRY IDEAS: Use chalk to create sidewalk or driveway poems for neighbors to see when they drive by! Use your Libby App or visit OverDrive with your library card to virtually check out books of poetry for kids and adults! You can search for poetry in the searchbar. Create a cozy atmosphere for reading and writing poetry. Brew a pot of tea and put on some relaxing music while you read and write. April 30th is Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day! Each member of your household should write a short poem and keep it in their pocket all day! Read each other your poems, video-chat with a friend or share them over the phone!