My students love making concrete or shape poems. I kicked off our poetry unit with this simple poem style because everyone can be successful with a concrete poem-- and rhyming is not required (big sigh of relief).
I gave students a graphic organizer to help them brainstorm words after they chose a simple object to describe. Once they created a word bank that contained word ideas that explained how the object looked, felt, smelled, tasted, sounded, and any other words they associated with the chosen item, we located a simple image they could use as a guide. The students used the word bank to create a picture of that object.
The finished shape poems look so professional! My students are begging to make more.
CLICK HERE to view the blog post with instructions about creating the shape and to download a PDF copy of the graphic organizer.