First of all, you'll have to make your
own decks. You could try using index cards. You'll need four
"decks" total: One with nouns, one with adjectives,
one with verbs, and the last with any words you want. It will
probably help your poetry to use words that are as emotionally
evocative as possible, but you can create interesting
poems with the most mundane words as well.
On each card, write a word near the top
edge, turn it and write another near that edge, then flip it
and do the same on the other side. You'll end up with four words
on each card, two per side. However you shuffle or flip the cards
around, there will always be just one word to read that is right-side-up.
It helps if each deck is a different color. For example, blue
for nouns, red for verbs, and so on.
1. Take fifteen cards from each deck. Shuffle
them together, flipping and rotating them occasionally. This
makes it possible for any one of the words on each card to land
upright (these are the words used).
2. Deal out four words (cards).
3. Players each write a poem of four lines,
using one of the given words in each line. Words are used
in any form, so, for example, light could be used as lights,
lighter, lighting, lit, etc.
4. After five minutes, poems are read aloud
in whatever state they are in. If you want a competitive game,
you can vote for the best poem. Otherwise, Deal-A-Poem can be
just an enjoyable group activity.
Endless: Try two-verse poems (deal more
cards); shorter or longer time limits; humorous poems; romantic
poems; rhyming poems; or simply use the cards by yourself to
stimulate your writing; Deal-A-Poem has been used to produce
Deal a Poem
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