Week 2 Poetry Workshop

Our POEM OF THE DAY was ‘Bradley Bentley Baxter Bloome’ by Kenn Nesbit and is about a boy who would never clean his room. It follows on from Godfrey Gordon Gustavus Gore, our featured poem from last week.

Go HERE to read this fun poem about Bradley Bentley Baxter Bloome, a boy who wouldn’t clean his room.

This week, students received their very own ‘Poetry Magpie Journal’ and began building a poetry toolkit, adding in some of the tools that poets use when they write poems. We added to our toolkits alliterations, rhymes and repetition as tools that we can use when we write poems. We also had some fun with writing our own alliterations.

Some of the students’ alliterations:

 – Ruby Rhinestone rode a rhino to Russia.

 – Alexandra ant ate apples and an ant eater.

– Bouncy Bob brings bananas and brown bears.

– Timmy Taps tapes a triangular on top of triangles that twinkle.


Alliterations are when two or more words in a sentence share the first letter sound, usually in succession. For example:

  • Godfrey Gordon Gustavus Gore
  • The Belgian barbarians brought big bags of bread to beat the bothersome British bugs.
  • Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.


Rhymes are repetition of similar sounding words.

  • Bloom and room, floor and evermore, yelled and smelled
  • roar, sore, door, Nore, oar, more, shore

The final poem that we looked at today was an unnamed number poem. This poem also utilises alliteration in quite a fun way. 

One white walrus waved at a wonder woman.

Two trains try to tackle a tremendous tin of tomatoes.

Three thankless thistles threatened a thrilled thief.

Four fantastic fellows found a frantic frog.

Five fast-moving fingers falsified a famous foot.

Six serious sausages selected a silent sunbeam.

by Pie Corbet

Home Tasks

  1. Read two poems
      • Scrawny Tawny Skinner by Kenn Nesbit. This was actually his very first poem and it was inspired by another very popular children’s poem, Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout written by Shel Silverstein. 
      • Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout by Shel Silverstein
  2. Find a poem that you like to share with the class. You can either print it or send it to me to print for you. You will need to be familiar with the poem so practise reading it. Read it to your mum, your dad, any grandparents, a neighbour, your cat or dog or frog. It’s fun to try reading it to yourself in front of a mirror. NOTE: not everyone will share next week. We will space them out. I will list a bunch of poets you can check out.

Poets to check out:

Listed in chronological order so some of the language will be suited to that era. 

Edward Lear (1812 – 1888)  An English writer and artist known as a pioneer of the limerick. Top poems include The Owl and the Pussycat, “How pleasant to Know Mr Lear’, ‘The Pobble who has no Toes

Banjo Paterson (1864 – 1941) An Australian bush poet – lots of the outback, horses, cattle and iconic Australian settings. Some popular poems include ‘The Man from Snowy River’, ‘Mulga Bill’s Bicycle’, ‘A Dog’s Mistake’

C J Dennis (1876 – 1938) On of Australia’s greatest poets. Popular poems are ‘Going to School’ & ‘The Swagman’.

Edgar Guest (1881 – 1959)  British born American poet. A popular poem is ‘Don’t Quit’ and ‘A Friend’s Greeting’

Irene Rutherford McLeod (1891 – 1968) British poet – popular poem “Lone Dog” 

A.A Milne ( 1882 – 1956) English writer best known for books about Winnie the Pooh. Popular poems include “Teddy Bear’, ‘Puppy and I’, ‘Halfway Down’ and ‘If I Were King’.

Shel Silverstein (1930 – 1999) American writer. Some of his most popular include ‘Sick’, ‘Messy Room’, ‘Falling Up’, ‘Dirty Face’ and ‘Where the Sidewalk Ends’.

Judith Viorst (1931 – current)  American writer. Some popular poems are ‘If I were in Charge of the World’, ‘Since Hanna Moved Away’, ‘What are you glad about? What are you mad about?’ and ‘My least favourite things’.

Jack Prelutsky (1940)  American poet. His popular poems are ‘Be glad your nose is on your face’, ‘Bleezer’s Ice Cream’, ‘The Visitor’ and ‘Super Samson Simpson’.

Libby Hathorn (1943) Australian writer for children. Popular poem – ‘Supermarket’ and ‘No Never!’

Kenn Nesbitt (1962)  American children’s poet. Popular poems include ‘Homework Stew’, ‘Elaine the Complainer’, ‘Good morning, Dear Students’ and ‘While strolling down the beach today’.





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