- Look back through your winter poetry packet for some inspiration.
- Consult your writer's notebook entry about winter and its associations.
- Maybe pick a moment to describe as the other poets did: a snow day, outside as the snow approaches, in bed, drinking something warm, some snow activity, some moment of quiet, with your dog or cat, etc.
- Slow time; use sensory images; figurative language; try a first line zeugma (or a bunch of them), etc.
- Avoid cliche -- if it sounds too familiar, change it or tweak it
Start paying attention to the shapes of poems. Think about:
- a good place to end a line and begin another
- a place to break a stanza
- use punctuation to help shape thoughts -- more commas and periods and dashes, etc.
Begin a draft today in class. Bring a draft to school on Tuesday.