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What If... Poems

developing imaginative stanzas for an original poem inspired by well-worded what if questions

Student Writer Instructions:

Imaginations ahoy!

Today you are going to creating a poem, inspired by the What Ifs found in Regina J. Williams awesome picture book. You will make sure you use interesting word choices in your poem.

Press the first button below for some fun, original What If prompts. Find one you like and write it down. Then...build the idea into an original, complex What If... by pressing the next two buttons and adding additional details

After creating a few What Ifs using the buttons below, create some original ones that come completely from your imagination!

Then put your expanded what ifs into a poem. Come up with a more interesting title than What If, and then share your poem with a partner.

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.

First, click here to select a What If idea:

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

Next, expand your What If... by adding a transition word...

(Add new details on the line!)

Then, expand your What If... one more time...

(Add new details on the line!)


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