My Simon-boy just started writing.
A few days ago I showed him the free web interactives at ReadWriteThink, and asked him which one he would like. He has lots of ideas. Big ideas for future writing projects, but none of them included poetry. That's okay.
But I want to stretch him a bit. And I love poetry. And the poetry apps look amazing.
I suggested, "A poem?"
Teaching poetry is easier when you model poetry writing, so I tried an invite: "I'll write a poem, and you can help!"
He looked up, wriggled his mouth a bit, and decided this arrangement would work.
I loaded the Diamante interactive. I chose words. He chose words. And in ten minutes we had written and published our first poem together.
Simon admitted, "I think I can write another poem."
The poetry interactives also come in app versions you can download for your iPad or Android.