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Favorite Things

...a poem about three phases
of life that borrows its rhythm from Rodgers & Hammerstein

Student Writer Instructions:

Inspired by the song My Favorite Things, from The Sound of Music, you will be composing your own song or poem inspired by the favorite things from your life. You will also see that poetry doesn’t always have to have a perfect rhyme (or even rhyme at all for that matter) and that there are plenty of alternative options to use when attempting a rhyme scheme.

Listen closely as your teacher plays the song, noting the different favorite things described. What is unique about the song and what works well? Choose your favorite three by either circling or highlighting them. What were your favorite childhood things? What memories do you associate with those items? Be prepared to share these fond memories.

What non-material items do you enjoy now? For example, the sound of a waterfall, the smell of fresh baked cookies, sitting in front of a warm fire on a cold night, etc.

What do you imagine will you enjoy in the future? Use the graphic organizers to guide your thoughts as you reflect back on your life. Focus on the imagery you are creating by selecting unique words.

When finished brainstorming ideas on the first graphic organizer, choose a few of your favorite things and attempt to make them rhyme using the different rhyme schemes. Pay special attention to the very last box titled “Your choice.” Choose whatever type of rhyme you like best, and rhyme the word “things” since that word is repeated at the end of almost every verse.

If your class has access to a computer lab, try going to to find words you just can’t seem to make a rhyme for.


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

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

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