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Poetry Writing with Jack Prelutsky

Poetry Writing with Jack Prelutsky

Poetry's cool — and a lot of fun! In this workshop, I will help you turn your words and ideas into descriptive and powerful poems. As you explore the world of poetry writing, I'll share with you writing tips that I use when I write my poems, as well as ideas for revising your work. When you complete the workshop, you can create a special edition of your poem — published online! I won't be commenting on your poems, but I'll enjoy reading them after you've posted them online.

My PoemBrainstormWrite Your PoemPublish Your Poem Online

Step 1: My Poem

Below is a poem from one of my books, The New Kid on the Block. I encourage you to read the poem and use it as a model when you start working on my poetry challenge. As you read, you can listen to me recite the poem — and hear truly amazing sound effects.

Louder Than a Clap of Thunder

Louder than a clap of thunder,
Jacklouder than an eagle screams,
louder than a dragon blunders,
or a dozen football teams,
louder than a four alarmer,
or a rushing waterfall,
louder than a knight in armor
jumping from a ten-foot wall.
Louder than an earthquake rumbles,
louder than a tidal wave,
louder than an ogre grumbles
as he stumbles through his cave,
louder than stampeding cattle,
louder than a cannon roars,
louder than a giant's rattle,
that's how loud my father SNORES!


Listen to me reading a selection from "Louder Than a Clap of Thunder."
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The full version:
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Excerpted from Writing with Writers: Poetry Writing with Jack Prelutsky on
Reprinted with permission of Scholastic Inc.



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