Reading Road Trip: A Visit to a Museum

If you’ve been traveling along with us this summer, we’ve arrived at STOP SIX of our Read, Discuss, Do! Summer Reader Road Trip. It’s a museum adventure! If this is your first week with us, you can still grab our map  and join us for an epic summer reading adventure. You can find other  printable resources here . For this week’s theme, the focus is on books that include a museum as a backdrop or any nonfiction and/or other educational book that catch’s your child’s interest. Art, science, math, history…you name it! What museums are in your area? If possible, take your children to visit a local museum and learn something new. If not, use the library as your museum and look up facts about topics of interest. READ : Any books that features a museum, or any nonfiction or educational book. Featured Book : Dakota Crumb Tiny Treasure Hunter by Jamie Michalak and illustrated by Kelly Murphy. This is a picture book about a tiny mouse that hunts for treasure at night in a huge museum. With the t

Poetry Challenge Week One: Write a List Poem

Happy National Poetry Month! We have a month-long celebration of Poetry planned, and just for April you can expect to hear from us twice a week—on Mondays for a weekly challenge, and on Wednesdays for a special poetry post. We hope you’ll stick around for the fun!

Today begins the second annual Read, Discuss, Do! Poetry Challenge, during which we challenge our readers to read, discuss, and write different forms of poetry! We are kicking the fun off this week with a challenge to write a list poem. Why a list poem? Because list poems are a fun, low-pressure way to try your hand at poetry.

List poems often rhyme, but they don’t have to. They can be long or short. They sometimes begin with an introduction and end with a punchline or some kind of resolution, especially in humorous poems like in the example below:

Yard Sale

I’ve set a sale up in my yard,
but selling things is rather hard.
It seems that no one wants to buy
a baby doll with just one eye.
But wait! I have some other deals,
like roller skates that have no wheels,
a chess set without queens or knights,
a pair of holey turquoise tights,
a rumpled tissue—almost new,
crooked nails, a size 8 shoe,
and plenty more, just stop and see!
Priced so low, they’re almost free.
Will no one buy this stuff from me?

© 2024 Rebecca J. Gomez

The only thing a list poem really has to be is a list! But what makes a list poem a poem instead of, well, a list? If you ask me, it’s the intent behind it. Are you just writing a list, or are you writing a list with wordplay, rhythm, and feeling behind it? That’s the difference! When you write down items you need to buy at the grocery store, that’s a list. But if you write a grocery list with rhythm and rhyme, that’s a poem. Or, when you’re venting your frustrations and writing down all the terrible things about your substitute math teacher or little sister, that could be a poem. Because there’s feeling in it! Even if it doesn’t rhyme.

Read some list poems!

Write your own list poem.

Your poem can rhyme, but it doesn’t have to. It can be thoughtful or funny or serious. Here some prompts to get you started if you need a little nudge:

  • Think of something you like a lot. A place, a food, your favorite animal? Write a list of everything you like about it.

  • Think of a person you love, and do the same thing.

  • Write a poem listing unpleasant experiences you’ve had (real or imagined).

  • List items you enjoyed receiving as gifts. Or that you would enjoy receiving as gifts!

  • Write a list of excuses for being late for school. Or work, for you grown-ups.

When writing your list poem, try thinking like a poet and use some poetic devices, such as alliteration, rhyme, onomatopoeia, simile, and imagery. And it doesn’t hurt to go over the top in your imagination!

If you accept this challenge, we hope you’ll share your poems with us. You can put them in the comments, email us (readdiscussdo @ gmail dot com), or tag us on Instagram (use the hashtag #RDDPoetryChallenge). We will be sharing reader poems at the end of the month!

Be sure to follow us on Instagram for our “Poetry Every Day” posts for more fun poetry examples and ideas all month long!


Mindy Baker said…
It’s going to be an amazing month! I’m excited for list poems!