Looking for that perfect holiday writing assignment for your kids? Well, you just found it! This Christmas Concrete Poetry Lesson is so festive and fun, they’re sure to love it.
***Update*** If you’re looking to do a concrete poem at a time other than Christmas, keep scrolling down to find free worksheets to use any time of year.
You can probably tell by now that I love poetry. I usually try to plan for at least one new poetry lesson per month. Sometimes, however, I really get carried away and plan to do poetry a few times each week. Usually, we only do this in April for National Poetry Month though.
Speaking of National Poetry Month, I also have a poetry lesson bundle that includes a concrete poetry lesson and 5 others all at the super low price of $3.00. You can grab that right here.
For this holiday season, I wanted the poem to be extra special. When I came across the idea of the concrete poem, I knew I’d found the perfect poem type for Christmas.
What is a concrete poem?
A concrete poem is known as a shape poem, meaning the poem makes a shape when written. In fact, the shape plays a big role in making the poem a concrete poem in the first place. Using spacing and varying word choices to shape the poem to the desired pattern, is the key to making the poem so special.
Another ground rule to remember when writing a concrete poem is to match the content of the poem with the shape that it makes.
Here’s an example of what I mean(this poem is directly from my lesson pack:
Isn’t that fun! I love it so much!
Just imagine all the different poems that can be created using the concrete poem format.
Today, I am offering a ready to go 5-page poetry lesson that can be completed in one or two sessions.
One session option:
Use this option if your kids like writing and don’t mind doing so for an hour to an hour and half. They will be brainstorming, drawing, and writing both a rough draft and a final draft all in one session.
Two session option:
This option is better if your kids don’t have a whole lot of writing stamina or don’t really like writing much. You will break up the writing into two manageable 30 minute to 45 minute sessions.
The first session:
Complete brainstorming and writing the rough draft
The second session:
Draw the shape outline and complete the final draft
What’s included in the packet?
The packet includes 5 pages.
The first page is an instructional page and includes the Candy Canes example poem I mentioned above.
Page two is the brainstorming page where the kids will brainstorm both topics and shape ideas.
The third page is for drawing out the shape they want the poem to make. They will use this as a guide when writing out the final draft of the poem.
Page four is for writing out the rough draft. They can play around with a few different layouts on this page.
The last page is where they will write their final draft, the one they want to show off.
If you’re interested in grabbing this festive Christmas Concrete Poetry Lesson for your homeschool or classroom, head over to my TPT store to pick up your copy.
Maybe it’s not even Christmas time or you just want to do a concrete poem that has a different theme? Click the image to download a free worksheet of either a sun or an umbrella
If you want to just grab a cheery worksheet for your kids to write a concrete poem about a Christmas Tree, click on the image to download it.
I hope you enjoy using this Christmas Concrete Poetry Lesson!
Check out these other poetry lessons from our site.