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Hoot & Howl Poems

...a Fall poetry & writer's
notebook challenge

Student Writer Instructions:

Joan Horton’s book Halloween Hoots and Howls models for us a variety of delightful Halloween poems. At the same time she uses lots of strong, exciting Halloween words students can borrow to write their own poems. As you decide what kind of a poem you want to write, remember that you may choose one of several rhyming schemes as in Horton’s book or you may decide to paint a picture of a Halloween scene without any rhymes.

To start, press the Halloween Buttons below as many times as you please to choose the words you might end up using in your Halloween poem. Be sure to choose one or more nouns, one or more words which describe those nouns, and one or more action words that show us what those nouns are doing. For example, you might choose:

Your goal is to create a decorated word bank that will live in your writer's notebook. From this page, you will eventually build an original poem.

If you need a template to use for your first draft, feel free to use the following one. If you can write a more exciting poem without a template, do so.

Interactive Choices for Writing:

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


Press the buttons to build an image for your poem:

(It's okay to come up with your own adjective here, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)

(It's okay to come up with your own noun here, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)

(It's okay to come up with your own verb here, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)


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