What mother doesn’t love a poem from their child or grandchild. I’d take one any day. Don’t get me wrong, pasta necklaces and playdough projects are sweet, but a poem is something to keep forever. There are many ways to create a Mother’s Day poem. Below you’ll find free verse, acrostic, haiku, and simile poem projects, easily differentiated, for kids of all ages.
Poetry Prompts and Projects ~
Before you begin- Mother’s Day can be a hard day for some children. Maybe they’ve lost their mother, have a difficult relationship, or would prefer to write a poem to someone who feels like a mother. Honoring the child’s choice, who they write to and what they write about, is important.
Free Verse Poem-
A free verse poem is pretty much an anything goes poem, but it might be good to share with children some examples of free verse poetry and see what similarities they notice. Imagery, stanzas, and a subject or main idea are typically found in free verse (and other types of poetry).
Children might also enjoy crafting their poem in prose first. Then they can decide what words to cut, where to create stanzas, and what needs more description.
Prompts ~ Again, these prompts use the word Mom, but any family member or friend could be substituted.
Describe your mom. What does she look like, smell like, spend her days doing?
Tell about a time your mother did something you loved or appreciated.
What do you want your mother to know?
What have you never told your mother?
An acrostic poem uses the letters in someone’s name to begin each line or stanza of a poem. A younger child might choose the word MOM or Grammie, whereas an older child might choose a descriptive word or phrase, like My Amazing Mother or Someone I Admire. (Note- Children should get to pick the word/s they like best.)
Acrostic poems are written vertically. Young children might write one word. Older children a phrase, sentence, or stanza.
Old but still young at heart
Makes me clean my room
A haiku is a Japanese verse poem that has three lines with each line having a certain numbers of syllables- 5,7,5. Tapping or clapping out syllables is helpful (as is knowing what a syllable is). A couple of these poems would be nice or one with an illustration.
A simile compares two things, often unlike, using like or as. My mom is like a quilt. My grandmother’s kisses are as sweet as Hersey syrup. A child could write one simile and continue on with their poem or write a couple similes and put them together. This is not really a type of poetry, but smilies are fun (and challenging) to write. Metaphors, alliteration, or other types of figurative language could also be included or substituted.
Back when I was teaching, I encouraged my middle and high school students to use our writing workshop time to create gifts of writing. My students would later come in telling stories of how much their gift was loved. They felt as good as the receiver did.Mother’s Day is a great time to encourage poetry. Help children write a Mother’s Day poem for the special people in their lives. A poem is a truly a treasure for all.
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