KidPoWriMo Day 2 ~ iamb that I am

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Take off those shoes! Did you know you can write poems using feet?

Oh! But we won’t be using the kind of feet that get covered with socks!

When someone takes a walk in the park, they might tell you they went there “on foot”. When we measure 12 inches with a ruler, we call it a “foot”. But, the word “foot” is also a measurement we use to write poetry.

Poetic word of the day: “IAMB” (click here for the definition on

Here is what you need to know about IAMBs and FEET:

1. An iamb and a foot both have two syllables;

2. An iamb and a foot may contain one word of 2 syllables, or two words, each with 1 syllable.

3. In the iamb, one of the syllables is stressed and the other is unstressed.

Before you get stressed out about stressed syllables, think about your name. Do you know how many syllables are in your name?

Here is a list of two syllable names:

Michael   –   Emma   –   Abdul   –   Sophie   –   Kamal   –   Mya

Jose    –    Kendra    –    Gary    –    Marie    –    Tony    –    Michelle

If you have a two-syllable name, add it to the list.

Five  of the names on this list have the stress on the 2nd syllable and the remaining 7 have the stressed 1st syllable.

Here is an easy way to figure out which of the syllables is stressed in each word:


Say each name by whispering the first syllable and shouting the 2nd; then switch to shouting the first syllable and whispering the 2nd.

Do not say the names too slowly. Speak as if you are talking to friends who have these names.

When you shout a syllable, you are making it the stressed syllable. When you whisper, you are making that syllable the unstressed syllable.

Since you are going to say each name twice, stressing a different syllable each time, one way will seem strange, the other way will sound a lot like the way you are used to hearing the name. When the first syllable is stressed, let’s call it a “left foot”. When the 2nd syllable is stressed, we can call it a “right foot”.

PROMPT: Make a list of words and phrases that are iambs. Use the whisper-shout exercise to discover which syllable is stressed. Put the left feet on one side of your page and put the right feet on the other side. Write two lines that rhyme and that contain four feet each.

PARENTS OF YOUNGER CHILDREN: Use the whisper-shout exercise with words that are a part of your child(ren)’s daily experience. Put right-feet iambs  (with the 2nd syllable stressed) together and say them to a beat. Then try it with left-feet iambs (with the first syllable stressed). Try singing the words along with some instrumental music.

balLOON   –   DADdy   –   MOMmy   –   BATHtub   –   PUPpy

helLO   –    SUNshine    –    aBOVE    –    APple    –    goodBYE

Below, the names in the whisper-shout exercise appear with the stressed syllables in bold UPPERCASE letters. Did you figure out which syllables are stressed?

MIchael   –   EMma   –   AbDUL   –   SOphie   –   KaMAL   –   MYa

JoSE’    –    KENdra    –    GAry    –    MaRIE    –    TOny   –   MiCHELLE