One of the flexible formats we love engaging with is the Instructional Poem.
This allows you to play with language and ideas starting with a 'how to' list.
You might like to choose one of these titles to get you started:
How to *Walk in the Era of Social Distancing. or *play sport/ shop/ party ...
How to ZOOM with Classmates or How not to...
How to Survive Lockdown with Your Family and Live to Tell the Tale.
How to wash your hands
How to fill in time
Write a list of everything you can think of- no censoring ideas. Repetition is fine.
Now take your list and expand on some ideas.
Select the verbs that best describe the actions.
Trim other ideas so that two or three things are in one line.
Rearrange the lines to aid meaning and rhythm.
Play around with the words and the sounds.
Read your instructional poem out loud. Think about the best way to end it.
Here are a few samples of Instructional Poems on our Blog. Note how they all have a different tone and approach.
When you have written your ideas down you can share them for our Write On Speak Out: Lockdown Voices 2020 project.
See details here: https://www.schoolforyoungwriters.org/write-on-speak-out