I Spy Seven: A fun way to compose a poem when you are ridiculously bored. Try it!

This one afternoon, I was thoroughly bored and unknowingly started creating a poem in my head.  There is a term called ‘serendipity’- which means a chance discovery or a happy accident, for I had no idea what was going to come out, but it led to the invention of a  random method for anyone to compose a poem, anywhere! Try it out and share what stroke of random creativity hit your grey cells?

So, this activity is highly recommended when you are very bored and screens are out of bounds! If it is a holiday and you are sitting at home, then try this out on your own, if you are at school (and in this case, we hope it is not a case of boredom but you do this as a class activity), try this out in groups of 2 to 3 with your classmates . Try venturing somewhere outdoors  – to the garden, to the zoo, to the balcony, to the supermarket, with just a paper, a pencil and your head. If you cannot go to an outdoor place, open any chapter of a book you recently read.

I have created some class resources to download and print, they are available at the bottom of this post. If you like this activity, please be good to let us know and share via our twitter handle @browzly – this activity is about using observation, creativity, vocabulary, and grammar to compose a poem. Here is how our poem turned out! 🙂

Big Beckoning Bed
Cracked Creaking Cupboard
Dutiful Demanding Desk
Narcissistic Napping Newspaper  
Languid Leaning Lamp
Tiny Talking TV                                                                                                                

The Bedroom 

What is I spy Seven?

I Spy Seven is a simple Seven line poem consisting of two adjectives and a noun, inspired by your surroundings or a book you recently read.

I Spy Seven Example                                      

What do you need?

Paper and pencil

If you are with some friends, you can split into groups of 2 or 3 otherwise try on your own.

How do you start? Choose the book you wish to get inspiration from or select your own special place- your classroom, the field, the nursery, it can be anywhere. Ask your teacher or a parent and head there, agree to meet back in 20 minutes.

What do you do?

  1. Make 3 columns on your paper-

One for nouns (all the things, the objects, the people, that you see around you or find in your book) eg- Grass, Cage, Book, Desk, Teacher, Drums, Water etc

Second for adjectives ( words that help you picture, explain, give more details about your nouns) eg- Big, Pretty, Grumpy, Funny, Angry, Wavy

Third for adjectives ending in ‘ing’ eg-  Boring, Glittering, Shining, Moving, Rippling, Weeping

2. Start writing the nouns first- list all and as many as you can see around you or in your book

3. List the adjectives in column 2, any adjectives ending with ‘ing’ go in column 3 – come up with as many adjectives as you can, that help to picture your nouns better.

4. Pick a Noun from your list, eg- Grass

5. Next, pick one ‘ing’ and one ‘non-ing’ adjective at random from your list, making sure that both these adjectives start with the same alphabet as your noun. Eg- Grumpy and Glittering start with G as does Grass. If you need more words starting with some alphabets, think harder and add to your list.

6. Now you are ready to write the first line of your poem- write the non-ing adjective as your first word, next, add the adjective ending with ‘ing’ and lastly add your Noun at the end of the line eg- Grumpy Glittering Grass

7. Once happy with your first line, you can pick the words for your second line, just make sure you do not repeat the same first alphabet, in our case, for example, your second set of words should not begin with G.

8. Repeat till you have written 6 lines, in the 7th line write the name of your place or surrounding or the book title at the bottom. eg- The Field

Make a neat copy of your poem on a fresh page and feel free to add in a drawing of what you wrote about.

Click on the link below to download and print, free to use the I Spy Seven resources for your class activity. It’s free! The download pack includes Instructions sheets, Randomizer and Poem sheets

I Spy Seven By Browzly

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Written by Bhavna Mishra: Founder of Browzly

 

How to write a book review ? A simple 6-step guide for children

How to write a book review? A simple 6-step guide for children

Isn’t keeping it fun and simple – the key to most things?

This 6-step- easy to follow guide is intended to do just that, to help inspire you to pen down (or on Browzly even video record!) a book review! You can use these steps to review any book you read.

  1. When to write a book review? A review of any book is best written when you have just finished reading that book- the plot is fresh in your mind and you remember most of it. A little nudge from the parents at this time will go a long way in getting the children started.
  1. A good start is half the battle, it will have your creative juices flowing in no time

To start off – pick a favorite quote or line from your book and write that verbatim, mentioning that it is a line or quote from your book (mention the book title and page number). Feel free to include a few words about why you chose that quote in particular…

Don’t worry, if you did not like the book  – after all, it is a review and you are supposed to give a genuine feedback, mention what you did not like and set the tone of your review –  here is an example-

“I should begin at the beginning, I know that. But the trouble is that I don’t know the beginning. I wish I did. I do know my name” – Would you call that interesting?  Well, you might, but for me, it did not catch my attention as I started reading these first lines on Page 1 of Alone on a Wide Wide Sea by Michael Morpurgo. I usually like his books, he is an award-winning author with many great books such as  Shadow, The War Horse etc to his credit…”.

  1. Next Answer the following 3 questions taking no more than 50 words to answer each:

Q1.  What was your book about?

For example- You could say- “This book is about a boy who lived and became the one to…”

Q2. What was your favorite part or character from this book and why?

If you did not have one, it is alright to mention that too. Again a why would be a nice follow-up.

Q3. How did this book make you feel? Describe the emotions you felt. Did they match with how the characters in the book feel?

  1. Finally, say who might like reading this book– For example “I recommend this book for- mention age, gender, and type of readers”
  2. A star rating: Give your book a rating out of 5 stars, here is a simple star guide for you.

5 stars= I loved this book so much that I couldn’t put it down until the end and I can read it again!

4 stars= This was a great book, I enjoyed it and can recommend it as a one-time read.

3 stars= This is a good book, some people may like it, I finished reading it.

2 stars= I did not like this book much, I finished it with some effort.

1 star= I did not like this book, I could not finish it.

  1. Now for the finishing touch: Finally, read what you wrote to make your final edits- check for SPAG (spellings, punctuation, and grammar) and summarize with a title that goes with your review!

Voila! You did it! Post it on the Browzly app, you can help your friends select good books when you share your reviews. Reviews are also a great encouragement for the writers who painstakingly create these books that enlighten us, delight us and engage us.

Happy Browzly