Teaching children to write poetry can be done if the steps are broken down. Children learn best when it is simple and easily accomplished. Basically all you need to do is show children how to rhyme words and then put them together. Here are 6 methods.
1. Write a list of words: On the board or at home on a piece of paper write a list of words that rhyme. An example would be: try, high, fly, kite, night, fun, run, roam, home, etc. Next, have the children arrange some of the words in a sentence.
2. Recite to them: Write some sentences you come up with or select some of the children’s and recite them. This way they can hear the words rhyming. Make the sentences fun.
3. Read the Bible: The Bible is written in prose and is the most widely read book in the world. Try reading parts of the Bible and discuss with the children why it rhymes. Have the kids try to imitate some of the verses. The poems do not have to be real.
4. Poems about pets: Try having the children write a poem about their favorite pet. They can also write poems about their grandparents. The point is to help them relate with what they are doing a poem about.
5. Rhyming games: An effective method for teaching kids poetry is to use games. Nursery rhymes are some of the first poetry we hear. You can read some of these to the kids and have them stomp their feet and clap to the rhythmic pattern they hear. Be prepared for some noise but this is very effective.
6. Music: Play different musical selection and point out how the lyrics blend like the words in poems. There are often rhymes used. This will help the older kids become more interested in poetry when they realize that their favorite musical groups adhere to many forms of prose in their music.
Writing poetry is a fun activity and the kids will enjoy it. You need to start with simple rhyming schemes so the students can build confidence. You can use the Bible, games and music to further their understanding.