"Write With A Porpoise
(I Mean - Purpose!)
Look at your idea web from Lesson 15. What is your theme? How did you support that central idea? Who will be reading the poem and what do you want to tell them? These questions guide you to find your purpose in writing.
Generally, people write for three reasons - to persuade, to entertain, or to inform. Which reason best represents what you want to do with your theme? For example, your theme is dogs. Are you trying to persuade someone to love dogs as much as you do? Are you entertaining the reader about a special dog in your life and the funny way he looks and the crazy things he does? Are you describing dogs in general? How you present your central idea will define and clarify your purpose.
Now take your original theme, write three paragraphs. The first paragraph will entertain. The second paragraph will persuade and the third paragraph will inform. Look at your paragraphs, which paragraph BEST suits your ideas? Now that youve made your selection, youre ready to pen a poem with a purpose ( not to mention some alliteration!)