How to Write a “Backward” Poem

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If you like poetry, wait till you try backward poetry! Young writers read Shel Silverstein's "Backward Bill" before writing their own funny poems that are full of backward imagery and phrasing.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Work on the poem during a school-wide Backward Day, or when working on counting backward
  • Play the video for learners as an introduction to the poetry lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires access to the Internet
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Provides definitions of poetry basics
  • Straightforward instruction is simple and encouraging
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