The Haunted House
1. Say these words ‘normally’ – bah, boo, bump, clank, clink, chink, eek, howl, moan, murmur, murmuring, ouch, plop, rattle, rumble, rustle, screech, shuffle, slap, slash, squeak, squelch, tap, thud, thump, tick-tock.
2. Say these words with a partner so they sound really spooky.
3. Create a moody poem about a haunted house by inserting words from the list above into the poem structure below. NB you can insert a few of your own words to help the poem make sense.
The Haunted House
Door ____________ slowly open,
______________ them in
a distant _(animal) (noise it makes)
_____________ comes to a _____________ halt
________(sound) __________(sound) _________(sound)
Door ___________s shut
Only to open when the next unsuspecting
______________ comes along.
(Hint – copy & paste this poetry scaffold into a word processor)
4. Rearrange the lines of the poem so you have your own unique structure and gain maximum ‘spookiness’.
5. Read the poem aloud to a friend so it sounds like a shopping list.
6. Experiment with reading your new poem with loud and soft tones of voice. Include a whisper, a yell & use your voice to create sound effects.
7. Add a line of your own.
8. Delete two lines.
9. In poetry you tend to pause a short time at the end of lines without punctuation markers and pause a little longer at the end of lines with punctuation markers. Experiment with pauses and see what effect they have on the poem.
10. Perform the poem – to another class, to your parents, with puppets…
11. Publish the poem in an interesting way – no textas, blog it, use a graphics editor & creative commons pictures, use a drawing program, create an audio story with sound effects… be creative and have fun with it!