Larry had a helmet.He brought it into school.We all crowded round him,Thought he looked so cool.But when you put it on,It was the strangest of things.Weird ideas in your head.New powers at your fingers.
You could make it fire outOrange lasers at your friends.Teleport them to the roof,Till they accept your demands.Invisibly walk aroundPushing little ‘uns out your way.Make them think a monsterHad descended on their day.
But the thing I liked the mostWas the timely teacher test.A smack around the head was whenThe helmet worked the best.
Although Larry's Helmet contains rhyme, it does not mean it needs rhyme to make it a poem. This point must be stressed when teaching. This can be reinforced by asking the children to write their own poems. I will advocate a structured procedure below, but if you have children that understand and appreciate poetry writing, then don't tie them into this procedure. Just ask them to brainstorm around some areas before they set off writing.
The poem can be downloaded here.
6-8 Years of Age
Read the poem a couple of times. Have the children imagine they were putting the helmet on. What powers would it give them?
Write a poem by following the defined structure.
- Decide on a child's name and ask them to describe their helmet
- Write a line about what the helmet will do to their friends
- Write a line about what their helmet will do in class
- Write a line about a good/bad thing that the helmet will do (depends on the bias of the first two lines - third should be opposite)
- Write a line about when the helmet works the best
I would still follow the above structure but ask the children to write rhyming paired lines for each of the lines above. I would also ask the children to consider each of the senses to add depth to the poem. (Consider sight and add a colour - if it fits, consider sound and a suitable adjective.)
The writing process should be:
- final draft