Write a Cut-Up Poem


Learning about the area you live through poetry

Learning aims

  • Children will learn about syllables and how to write a haiku poem. They will also learn about cut-up poetry.


  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Newspapers


Introduce Haiku poetry and read aloud some examples. Practice by choosing words and asking how many syllables there are.

Write a Haiku poem using their area as inspiration.

  • What they see on their way to school?
  • What they like or don't like?

Introduce cut-up poetry

  • Use a print-out of lyrics from a popular song or poem (eg, Penny Lane).
  • Cut out interesting words from the newspaper and replace certain words in the poem to create a new poem.