Some teachers make use of the creation of adjective poems at the middle school level to develop reading habits of students for the textbook lesson by revisiting it. It is said that by reading and restructuring the text into adjective poems not only read the textbook lesson purposefully along with acquiring the habit of dictionary usage.
A common adjective poem is a six-line pattern poem as follows.
• Line 1: Noun
• Line 2: Same noun + is or are or can be + adjective 1
• Line 3: Same noun + is or are or can be + adjective 1, adjective 2
• Line 4: Is or are or can be + adjective 1, adjective 2, adjective 3
• Line 5: Adjective 1, adjective 2, adjective 3, adjective 4
• Line 6: New related noun
Here are two examples of adjective poems created by me to clarify the process of creating such poems.
Milk is white
Milk is white, nourishing
Is white, nourishing, tasty
White, nourishing, tasty, satisfying
Force can be persuasive
Force can be persuasive or impulsive
Can be persuasive or impulsive or deforming
Persuasive or impulsive or deforming or restoring
The experience of teachers who have used adjective poems inform that not only, such assignments improve the reading habits of students but also lead to concept formation which require knowing the qualities and attributes of things.
Also, with the use of dictionary along with reading, children at the middle school get know the types of adjectives such as determiners, possessive words, ordinal numbers, cardinal numbers, general description ,size, height, length, shape, age, temperature, measures, colour ,origin, nouns as adjectives, head noun, etc., say Holmes and Moulton.