Monday, April 9, 2012

Prompts for Arguing about Poetry

With poetry, there is rarely one right answer. Try these discussion prompts to get kids thinking about poetry. Be open to a variety of opinions. Encourage them to defend their responses with example poems drawn from their favorite poetry books. Challenge older kids to take BOTH sides of the question in a debate.

The list begins:

1. The best poems rhyme.
2. Serious poetry is more interesting than funny poetry.
3. Poetry is never about underwear.
4. You can’t have just one poem in a poetry book.
5. Some poems mix facts and poetry.

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