How To Do It
- You may want to do this separately using the same story and then share the poem you created or do it collaboratively.
- Select a short prose text from a novel, newspaper, magazines (here is a possible source: http://100wordstory.org/).
- Cross out the words you do not want to keep and keep only the words that you like.
- Arrange and rearrange the words you kept to create a new poem.
- Read aloud with emotions the new poem created.
- Compare the original story and the poem version. Do they evoke similar responses in you? Was there anything lost or gained after eliminating some of the words?
- Do you prefer to read prose or poetry? Why?
- How about writing, do you prefer to write prose or poetry? Why?
- What is your favorite poetry form? (For example, free verse, rhyming poems, haiku, limerick, sonnet.)
- Try to reverse the process: Use words in a short poem/song to create a prose. Was this easier or more difficult to do? Why?