P I Z ZA Z
Description for this website: Simple creative writing and oral storytelling activities with printable handouts for: Poetry | Fiction | Bag of Tricks.
ESOL student level: These activities scale well to beginner through advanced level proficiency and can be used with all ages.
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|Cinquain Poems||Five-line poems very easy to write. They do not have to rhyme.|
|Diamante Poems||Diamond-shaped poems - real gems! Seven lines in all. They do not have to rhyme.|
|Haiku Poems||Short, three-lined poems (originally from Japan) with 5, 7, and 5 syllables on each line respectively.|
|Headline Poems||Use popular media to create these interesting poems. Adapted from Iris Moye.|
|Limericks||How-to teaching ideas with templates.|
|Persona-Poems||A structured 8-line poem, biographical in nature. Works well as a paired activity.|
|Sausage Poems||For vegetarians and carnivores alike, these simple chained poems are easy to write and fun to read.|
|Twist Poems||Bi-directional spiraled poems using contrastive themes or topics.|
|Up and Down Poems||Structured poems using a word or phrase in a top-to-bottom ("up and down") direction. Adapted from Sylvia Helmer.|
|Basket Stories||Students tell stories based on a basket full of prompts that they have generated.|
|Chain Stories||Multi-authored stories. (Can also be done with email.)|
|Magazine Marvels||Students create stories from magazine picture collections.|
|Story Boxes||Create stories using physical prompts. Also see Bits and Pieces, a similar site from Houghton Mifflin [external link].|
|Wacky Web Tales||Web-based Mad Libs from EduPlace. Fill in the blanks with parts of speech (verbs, nouns, etc.) to make funny stories [external link].|
|A-to-Z Discovery Game||Students work in pairs or groups to create a discovery activity on a central theme or topic.|
|Tongue Twisters||Create individualized tongue twisters with names.|
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This page last updated: 08 April 2016, LOB