POEM: Man In The Moon

Half moon

 

There was a man in the moon,
Who switched the lights off too soon,
Day turned to night,
All people in fright,
Running in fear of the doom.

 

This type of poem is called a limerick.  It was made popular by Edward Lear in the 19th centurty. I just love these types of poems. They are great fun to write because of the clear structure and rhyme pattern. 

A limerick has five lines with a clear AABBA rhyme pattern:

There was a man in the moon, A
Who switched the lights off too soon, A
Day turned to night, B
All people in fright, B
Running in fear of the doom. A

and a da-de-da-de-da, da-de-da-de-da, de-da-de-da, de-da-de-da, da-de-da-de-da rhythm to it.

Why don’t you have a go?

There are more examples here: https://www.brownielocks.com/kidlimericks.html

Write-30 No.62

Write 30

Free Choice.

Write about anything you want. It could be about your day, about a TV programme, a computer game, in fact anything you want.

STUCK?   Try this idea: The hardest thing I have ever done is…

What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.

Write-30 No.30

Woman sitting on floor front of stage

Star Academy.

You have won a place at a world famous stage school. In your first lesson, you find out you must put together a performance with others for the end of the week. What will your show be like?  Will it be a success?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Jamie sat at the back of the classroom full of nerves. She had made it. She was at Richard Harris’ School of Performing Arts. Mrs Wilson, the black-cladded drama teacher coughed to get everyone’s attention.
‘Students, it may be your first week but it doesn’t mean you can start easy. We expect high standards and believe students must hit the ground running if they are to achieve all they can achieve. So, this week you must form groups of four and put on a performance in the main auditorium. It can be a dance, a play extract, a song, a mixture of the three. You will be graded on the results. It’s over to you.’
Jamie sat stunned. She hardly knew anyone there. How would she form a group? And would she be good enough?

What happens next?

DID YOU KNOW? There is a series of books about a girl who goes to stage school but really wants to practise her circus skills. It is called Olivia’s First Term by Lyn Gardner.

What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.

Write-30 No.28

Clear glass mason jar

Potion Recipe.

Write a recipe to make a potion. Write the ingredients and how to make it. What will your potion do?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Recipe To Make Your Feet Smell of Flowers
Ingredients:
7 Lavender Plants
1 Jar of Vanilla Seeds
6 Tubes of Mint Toothpaste
1/2 Bottle of Bubble Bath…


What next?

DID YOU KNOW? There is a famous story about a potion recipe made by a boy for his grandma. It is called George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl.

Write 30

What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.

Write-30 No.26

Red and white fish in clear glass fish bowl

Flushed Away.

A pet fish is flushed down the toilet. But it is still alive. What happens next? What adventures does it have?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Timmy lay on his side in the goldfish bowl sleeping. Boy, was he tired. He just didn’t want to move. A great hand whisked him up into the air. Too frightened, Timmy stayed frozen to the spot.
“This fish is dead. Time for a fish funeral,” said a loud excited voice.
The next moment Timmy was falling in the air until he landed in some water with a plop. All around him the walls were white. The water suddenly began to swirl around faster and faster. Timmy wasn’t strong enough to fight against it.

What happens next?

What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.

Write-30 No.25

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Forest Danger.

A group of animals living in a forest learn that humans are going to chop it down to make way for houses. Their home will be destroyed. What do they do?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Yellow Tooth stood before the assembled cirle of animals. His wise eyes sad.
“I have grave news for you all. Little Hop of the rabbit clan heard the hairless apes talking. They speak of great metal monsters coming to our forest to rip down the trees. Our homes will be lost. What shall we do?”

What happens next?

DID YOU KNOW? There is a famous story about a group of rabbit that have to leave their home because of danger from humans. It is called Watership Down by Richard Adams.

What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.

Write-30 No.24

Red and yellow robot toy

Superhero.

Imagine someone with one or two amazing powers. What are they? But they must also have one or two weaknesses. What are those? Finally, who is the powerful enemy they have to defeat?

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Starchild stood in the deserted street facing Stormblade. The sky over head crackled with electricity.
“You will never get away with this, Stormblade.”
“Why? Who is going to stop me?”
“I will.”

What happens next?

 

DID YOU KNOW? Stan Lee was a famous writer of the comic strips for Marvel comics? He often made appearances in the films as well as a joke.

 

 

What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.

Write-30 No.23

Clear hour glass on brown wooden table

Family Fortune.

Your family has suddenly imherited a load of money rom a strange long-lost uncle. But there is a catch. You also inherit something else and you have no choice but to keep it or you lose the money. What is it? A dangerous, mysterious animal? A haunted house? A letter containing a secret? A strange relative? 

STUCK?   Try this story starter:
Jamie sat next to the pile of money and looked down at the box. What else had their strange uncle given them? Jamie put the key into the lock and turned. The box popped open with a smell of time itself. Inside, wrapped in a soft purple cloth was a blue egg. A blue egg that glowed in the moonlight streaming through the window. An egg? Was that all? Surely nothing bad could come from an egg?

What happens next?

Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.

Write-30 No.21

Brown tree trunk surrounded by green grass

The Tunnel.

You are walking in the woods when you come across this tree with a hole. Curious, you peer in. You discover a tunnel. Should you go in? You decide to risk it. What happens next?

STUCK?Try this story starter:
“I hate you!” I slammed the front door and stormed off. It wasn’t fair. My stupid parents wouldn’t let me go to Karen’s party just because it was on a school night. I was going to miss the best party of the year.
I entered the old woods at the end of my street. It’s where I always go when I’ve had a bust up with them. I find it calming. Things don’t seem so bad when I’m there. Except this time it wasn’t working. So I kept walking until I came to a clearing I hadn’t come across before. Right in the middle was a twisted, gnared old tree. Maybe an oak? I don’t know such things. It had a hole at the base of the trunk, Curiousity got the better of me. It always does. I peered in. It seemed to be some kind of tunnel. I just had to go in.


What happens next?

 

DID YOU KNOW? There is a book about a tunnel called The Tunnel by children’s writer and illustrator Anthony Browne. It’s great.

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What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.

 

Write-30 No.19

man holding alien drawing

Alien In The Bathroom.

It’s bath night. Your dad has run you a bath. You go to the bathroom to get in. You stop suddenly. There in the bath, splashing in the water, is a little purple alien. What happens next?

STUCK?   Try this story starter: 
“Jamie, bathtime,” called dad.
Reluctantly I left my computer game, Planetfall 7, and made my way to the bathroom. Best to get it over with. Suddenly, I was stopped in my tracks. I couldn’t believe my eyes. There, sat in my bath, playing with the bubbles and my favourite yellow duck, was a little purple alien.

What happens next?

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What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.

Write-30 No.17

Woman sitting and writing on notebook

Free Choice.

Write about anything you want. It could be about your day, about a TV programme, a computer game, in fact anything you want.

STUCK?   Try this story starter: My favourite food to eat is…

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What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.

The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.

Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:

  • Always sit/work in the same place
  • Always use the same writing tools
  • Always turn the TV off
  • No talking – it distracts thinking
  • Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
  • Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.