Monthly Archives: June 2014

Bonus World Cup Soccer Day #7: Cuckoo for Haiku



Hey Inksters!

We are on the last day — a BONUS DAY! — of our World Cup Soccer InkStarts. Today, we’re writing another Soccer poem: a Soccer Haiku.  


What is Haiku?

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry. A haiku uses just a few words to capture a moment or idea. Traditionally, haiku is written in three lines, with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line. 


Syllables — huh?

Visit these links to remind yourself or to learn what a syllable is and how to count them in a word:

What are Syllables? 

How do you count Syllables?


How do you Haiku?

Now let’s pull together all we’ve learned and write our Soccer Haiku.

By now, you know what to do first: BRAINSTORM! Either go back to the list of soccer words you made yesterday when working on your ACROSTIC, or make a new list of words. Don’t worry about counting syllables just yet.

Next, use some of these words as you write two lines about soccer. Still don’t worry about counting syllables yet.

Then write a third line that completes the first two lines or that is about something completely different from the first two lines. Nope, no counting!

Now look at your three lines. Do these lines give you any new ideas?

Now it’s time to count syllables! Revise or change each line so that the first line has five syllables in the first lineseven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line. It’s like a puzzle. Take your time and have fun!

Here’s a Soccer Haiku from an Inkster to help inspire you:

One. Two. Three. Four. Goal!
Who wins? Brazil or Chile?
Brazil wins the game!

–“World Cup Soccer,” by Lucas, age 6


We can’t wait to read your haikus. Remember to send them along.

Keep writing about soccer and anything else that inspires you!





World Cup Soccer Day #6: Soccer Poetry


Hello Inksters!

For today’s InkStart, write a Soccer ACROSTIC poem!

What is an ACROSTIC? Check this out:


First, BRAINSTORM or write down words that make you think about soccer. Dribble the words onto your the page until you can’t think of any more words.

Then, on another piece of paper, write the word SOCCER down the side of your paper, like this:


Then use your brainstormed words to write your poem.

If you want to change up the way you have been writing, and write this time using a computer instead, check out this on-line Acrostic program: Interactive Acrostic

The first word in each line of your poem will start with the letter on that line. So, for “S” we might write: “Sprinting up and down the field, a fast-paced 90 minutes.” Or you might just write “Sprinting.” You can use single words, phrases, or full sentences in your poem.

When you are finished with your ACROSTIC, be sure to illustrate your poem.

If you want to write another ACROSTIC, try one using the country name of your favorite team.

Want to learn about a national organization that helps thousands of students with little resources to play soccer, write poetry, and learn how to be involved in community change? Check out America SCORES.

Enjoy watching World Cup Soccer! Enjoy writing!



World Cup Soccer Day #5: Interview Your Favorite Player



Hello Inksters!

After each World Cup match, reporters run to the field, locker rooms, and media rooms to interview coaches and players. They ask about the score, decisions during the game, specific moves, injuries, upcoming matches — basically, they ask about anything they want to know.

Today’s InkStart invites you to think about what you would ask a player if you had a chance. So grab a pen or pencil and paper and get ready for that interview — just in case!

If you had the chance to interview your favorite soccer player, what three questions you would ask?

To help you brainstorm possible questions, think about this:

  • What do you most want to know about this player?
  • What do you most want to talk about with this player?
  • How can at least one of your questions allow you to share your reasons for liking this player? Or allow you to share an idea you have with this player?

After you write your three questions, read them over and think about this:

If you only had a chance to ask ONLY ONE of these questions, which one would it be? Star it! — this is your most important question. Keep it in your pocket or in your memory just in case you bump into your favorite player someday!

Happy Writing! Happy Soccer Playing!

World Cup Soccer Day #4: Soccer Fans



Hello Inksters!

When we watch World Cup Soccer, we’re so focused on the game — the goals, the stops, the yellow and red cards, the flops — that we don’t think much about what is happening in the stands. How are the fans cheering? What are they wearing to support their favorite teams? What are they eating?

So today’s World Cup Soccer InkStarts are all about the soccer fans attending the games. Choose one, two, or write about all three!:

  1. If you eat hot dogs at a baseball game in the United States, what might you eat at a soccer game in Brazil? What food would you want to eat at a soccer game? Write about it in your journal and draw a picture, too. And, as yummy as hot dogs are, try not to pick hot dogs.
  2. If you were going to a World Cup Soccer game, what would you wear to show your support for your team? Really be creative: think about your clothes, colors, face paint, special hats, shoes. Describe your fan costume so clearly that reading your description would be like seeing a photograph of your costume. Draw a picture of your costume, too.
  3. Your friends and family have chosen you to write a cheer for everyone to say during a game. Write a great cheer to get everyone excited during the game.

Have fun creating!

World Cup Soccer Day #3: Your Favorite Move


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Hello Inksters!

Welcome to Day #3 of World Cup Soccer inspired writing (Wow, that’s a mouthful!). Today’s InkStart takes you back to those wonderful lists you made yesterday — specifically, to your Exciting Moves list:

Choose one of the exciting moves from your list from yesterday and write instructions to teach someone how to make the same move. Be sure to draw a picture of a player making that move.

If you did not make an Exciting Moves list, pick an item from one of your other lists and create an illustration and write a description of that item. Use as many of your senses as you can: hearing, seeing, tasting, touching, smelling. When we read your description, we should feel like we are hearing, seeing, tasting, touching, and smelling what you imagine.

Oh, and by the way, how cool is it that you are finding things to write about from a list you wrote! Lists are pieces of writing on their own. But, they can also become a way to BRAINSTORM our ideas. Lists are great sources for ideas that we can turn into more developed writing. Your lists are your own InkStarts!

Happy Writing!


World Cup Soccer Day #2: Make a List




Hello Inksters!

Our second World Cup Soccer InkStart invites you to make lists. We rattle off lists all the time: things we want to do during the day, foods we like to eat, places we like to visit, games we like to play, scores from our games or games we’ve watched. So let’s make some World Cup Soccer lists!


Make a list of your favorite players, your favorite teams, the scorers from different teams in the World Cup, or of the most exciting moves you saw during a game.

Be sure to give a title to your lists. For instance, the title for a list of favorite players might be “My Top Five Favorite World Cup Soccer Players.”

Can you think of other World Cup Soccer lists to make?

Record your lists in your journal or on individual pieces of paper. Post them on your wall. As you watch more World Cup Soccer games, add items to your lists. Revise or change your lists. Make new lists. Share your lists with friends and family. Invite them to make their own lists.

When the World Cup ends, you’ll have a great collection of writing that records all the things you were excited about during the games!

Enjoy making your unique lists. Be sure to share some with us!

World Cup Soccer


World Cup Soccer Ball Are you as excited about World Cup Soccer as we are? It’s thrilling to watch soccer players from all over the world compete. Watching these games might make you want to get outside and try some new soccer moves. Your love of soccer might even give you more reasons to write.

You’re probably wondering, “How can World Cup Soccer be an inkspiration to me?” For the next 6 days (since there are 6 letters in the word “Soccer” and in the Spanish word for soccer, fútbol) visit Inktopia Kids and you’ll find out. Each day you will find an InkStart, inspired by World Cup Soccer. We’ll even throw in a bonus 7th InkStart to celebrate the United States win against Ghana

So, here’s your World Cup Soccer InkStart #1:

Do you have a friend or cousin who loves soccer, too? Write her or him a letter about a game you watched. Tell her or him about your favorite play, or favorite player, or something about the game you didn’t like. At the end of your letter, be sure to ask a question. Your question will be an InkStart for your friend’s or cousin’s letter back to you!

You can also write a letter to your favorite soccer player instead!

Each day, try a World Cup Soccer InkStart. Let us know these prompts get your imagination dribbling, your pen running, your paper scoring…well, you get the idea: Ink up World Cup Soccer and share your creations with us!