Have students write a collaborative poem or story using Twitter, IM, Edmodo or Facebook. This way, authors can contribute one word, one line, or several paragraphs.

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Idea #6: Frame a poem

Posted on April 06, 2013 in Autism

Another idea from A Land We Can Share: Teaching Literacy to Students With Autism, by Paula Kluth and Kelly Chandler-Olcott

All students need daily opportunities to both read and write. Some students, however, do not have the ability or the experience to compose without some support. Some of these individuals may find success working from frames. Frames can be used to create entire stories, whole paragraphs, and sentences. Frames can also be used to create first poems. Students can collaborate on these or learners can use the frames independently by writing words and phrases, adding word stickers to a page, or by making choices of words or pictures on a communication board.

Poetry frame example #1

Completed poem #1

I am silly, loud, and a lover of horses
I wonder about horses
I know my horse loves me
I want more a riding trophy
I am silly, loud, and a lover of horses

Poetry frame example #2

Completed poem #2

As soft as a little bunny
As white as a snowman
As jumpy as a cricket
My dog, Buttons


  1. From Mary Komperda on 6 Apr 2013

    I am sharing with my son’s teachers :) Can’t wait for your conference in May!

  2. From Paula Kluth on 8 Apr 2013

    Mary, I am SOOOO glad you can come!11