Bad Poetry Day (August 18): You’re probably wondering, what constitutes bad poetry and why celebrate it? Well the answer to the first question is easy; you’ve probably written some. The answer to the second question is that challenging kids to write “bad” poetry is a great, if underhanded, way to get them to think about what makes “good” poetry. Don’t believe those snobs who say good poetry can’t rhyme, either!

Tip: Choose a couple short, simple poems for your kids to read. Once they’ve read them a few times ask them to write something bad in the same style, on the same subject or using similar rhymes. Telling them upfront that the goal is to write “Bad Poetry” takes the pressure off and, who knows, they might come up with something that’s not so “bad” after all.