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Learning task 2: Group experience

Context: Writing a poem individually, using a group experience and ideas

Teacher provides students with stimuli, such as a walk, run, shout, play, lie in the grass).

Students brainstorm words to describe the experience (verbs, adjectives, adverbs, nouns).

Students use the words from the brainstorm to create a poem. The focus is on putting the words together to create word pictures.

Students can, if they wish, develop these word-collection poems using more of their own ideas and creativity.

Students shape their poems into a form of their choice to share the feelings and images associated with the poem. First drafts are discussed in pairs and groups, edited and re-worked.


Students draw on the same recollection to write a short feature or letter to inform their audience or set out a point of view that arises from the experience. The focus is on the differences in language use for different purposes.

Published on: 21 Apr 2009