How to Write a Concrete or “Shape” Poem

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Writers compose an original shape poem. Scholars choose a subject to write about and create a visual representation by forming a corresponding picture using the poem's words.  

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Complete one poem as a class and keep the example out for learners to reference while they work on their poem 
  • Add color to the poem's final draft to make it more presentable 
  • Display finished products in the classroom or in the library
Classroom Considerations
  • The activity addresses class members but can also be led by a teacher 
  • Bullet points list tips and pointers for writing a poem
  • Provides examples created on a computer 
  • Includes a brief history of the poetic form 
  • There is not an example of a hand-written shape poem