Write a Halloween Haiku & Get the Kids Writing Too!
Midnight—my fabulous furry feline—inspired me to write BLACK CAT, a Halloween haiku (Haiku: a Japanese-inspired three-line: 5-7-5 syllable poetry form) and design a poster to go with the poem. Kids love illustrating their poetry.
What’s inspiring you this Halloween?
Brainstorm your list and get writing.
Have fun—don’t forget to get the kids writing too!
Here are some writer’s tricks (literary devices found in every writer’s toolbox) I used to create BLACK CAT. These tools can set a mood— they make writing and reading memorable and fun. Check them out and see if you can discover where I used them in my poem.
Read on to find out more about these literary devices.
Black cat waits, watches…
Stalking tricksters in their web.
Spiders are her treats!
Three Writer’s Tricks (Literary devices) used in writing poetry and prose
Assonance is the repetition of vowel sounds in nearby words.
Another literary device used by writers and poets is consonance. It is the repetition of the final consonant sounds, usually in the more important words or in the accented syllables.
You put your alliteration tool to work when words that start with the same sound are used close together in a phrase or sentence. The sound is usually a consonant and the words don’t have to always be right next to one another.
Finding “just the right words”
Abundant resources are available in print as well as through online searches. Listed below are the two resources I had readily available in the classroom for my students (Grades 4-8). Paperbacks are inexpensive enough to have multiple copies available, and in my opinion, they are indispensable.
- The Scholastic Rhyming Dictionary by Sue Young
- Webster’s Thesaurus for Students by Merriam-Webster
Happy Writing and Reading Haiku
& Happy Halloween!
~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine author/illustrator
- Find out more about how to write haiku and other poetry at Reference.Com