CLiF would like to introduce or re-introduce you to Matt Forrest Esenwine of Warner, NH. Matt has three new books (WOW!) coming out in 2020. CLiF created the outline below to help students of all ages think about his poems and poetry.

Matt writes stories in verse and poems. Can you think of some books written to rhyme? What is the difference between a book of poems and a book written as a poem?

Things to think about:

  • Does a poem need to rhyme?
  • How do you describe a poem?
  • Can a story be a poem?
  • Why do you think poems are fun to write or hard to write?
  • Can a poem be about anything?
  • Are poems meant to read outloud?

Here are a few ways to get to know Matt’s work better:

CLiF has created literacy activities for students of all ages here. Here are some that would go nicely with Matt’s poems:

For younger kids:

For older kids:

  • Book Spine Poetry – see what words show up on your book shelves (use magazines, manuals, cookbooks too!); use them to make lines of poetry
  • Headline Poetry – cut words from magazine or newspaper headlines and make into poems

For families:

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