I Spy Seven: A fun way to compose a poem
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.
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?
- 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
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Written by Bhavna Mishra: Founder of Browzly