The following group poetry game is adapted from RoseMary Honnold’s forthcoming book, Serving Today’s Seniors: A How-to-Do-It-Manual for Librarians.
Compose a five-line poem called a cinquain. Use two flip charts or dry-erase boards. The first one is for the lists of words the audience generates, and the second is for the poem. Choose a main subject for the poem, such as “spring.” Five elements of the poem are presented to the audience, one at a time. Ask them to:
“Daffodils” is an example of a poem written this way. A fun idea would be to create bookmarks with the new poem on them to pass out at the main desk for Teen Read Week.