During the latest Lit Up professional development training for facilitators, activities to develop autobiographical prose and poetry were presented. Participants responded to the very structured tasks in a deeply imaginative way and this impressed me so much, that I thought I’d share the activities here. To create a 10-line poem, respond to the prompts in the centre column by recording your ideas in the third column.
|Line 1||Your given name|
|Line 2||List 4 of your traits|
|Line 3||Complete the line||Daughter of/Son of…|
|Line 4||Lover of…|
|Line 5||Who feels…|
|Line 6||Who needs…|
|Line 7||Who gives…|
|Line 8||Who fears…|
|Line 9||Who would like…|
|Line 10||Resident of…|
Another idea uses free writing where every sentence begins with the words I am… Have a go with these activities and let me know how you get on!