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Poetry Backwards


Poetry Backwards
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   1.59

     challenging words:    phrase, lines, nursery, copy, with, simple, title, below, decide, often, line, choose, spin, different, twin, begin
     content words:    Backward Poetry, House Cat

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Poetry Backwards
By Brenda B. Covert

1     Playing with words can be fun. You might make up a new word game. You might invent a new kind of poem! I made up Backward Poetry. I made it up just for you! Now you can be a poet. It's easy!
2     Nursery rhymes rhyme. Other poems for children often rhyme as well. The rhyming words fall at the end of lines. Backward poetry is different. Lines begin with rhyming words in backward poetry! Here is an example:

        House Cat

        Cat in the window
        Fat ball of fluff
        Spat at a passing dog
        Scat, dog, scat!
3     You need a list of rhyming words. You choose the words you like best. You put each word on its own line. Then you write a phrase or sentence with each word. It is as simple as that! This next example has only three lines. It is about arson. Arson is a word for setting fires that are against the law.


        Burn no more buildings
        Turn away from crime
        Learn to be kind

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