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One Minute in Time Poems

using onomatopoeia and The Cure to inspire a free-verse poem from your students

Student Writer Instructions:

Like The Cure did with their song "10:15 on a Saturday Night," you will be writing your own free verse poem  that paints the picture of one important minute in time.  Free Verse poetry is a fun form of poetry because it is mostly patterned after speech and images.  Another great thing about free verse poetry is that you have the freedom to use sound effects and shortened lines whenever you feel, without worrying about getting your words to rhyme!

You may choose either the topic you brainstormed with a partner or choose one that appeals to you from the buttons below.  Once you have your topic, you may want to think about which words you will use to show the passage of time, just like seconds on a clock.  You may choose either the onomatopoetic words you brainstormed with your class or choose a pair from the buttons below.

Once you have a topic and some onomatopoetic words, you can get started on your poem.  Don’t forget to brainstorm which parts of your moment you think are important to include.  If you are working with a partner, make sure you and your partner choose two different perspectives to write from.  For example, if you chose the topic of school getting out for summer, one person would write about the moment from the student’s point of view and the other would write about what would happen from the teacher’s point of view.

You may want to refer to The Cure’s lyrics to help you get started.  There are also some student samples to give you some hints.  Remember, you are just describing one minute in time.  Be sure to choose just the right words to explain your situation and the ticking of the clock.  Have fun experimenting with your free verse poem!

Interactive Choices for Writing:

If you're struggling to start, click the buttons below for some ideas that might inspire you to launch your piece of writing.


(It's okay to come up with your own "minute in time" idea for this activity, if you think of a better one.)

(It's okay to come up with your own onomatopoeia for this activity, if you think of a better one.)  .


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