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Every Saturday we feature a fun and/or educational activity you can try at home or in the classroom. Today is International Literacy Day, so this lesson on Jue Ju Poetry seems like a great fit.

China has a written history at least 2,500 years old. During this time, the Chinese developed many forms of art and philosophy, including poetry. Jue Ju poetry has four lines; each line has the same number of syllables – usually five, but sometimes seven.

Examples of Jue Ju Poetry

Thoughts on a Still Night, by Li Bai, a famous Chinese poet

Building a Fire in Sichuan Province, China

Before my bed, the moon is shining bright,
I think that it is frost upon the ground.
I raise my head and look at the bright moon,
I lower my head and think of home.

Jue Ju poems by teachers and students

The winter wind blows loudly
Zadou listens through the wall
The house is strong and sturdy
He is warm and safe through all

Biogas is neat
Gives off lots of heat
Thanks to pig and cow
We have heat right now

The trees protect the clean air
The trees protect the rich soil
The trees protect the water
How can we protect the trees?

How to Write Jue Ju Poems

Try to write your own Jue Ju poems about people and nature. Here are some ideas to get you started:

• Rivers and people
• People’s dependence on water
• The creation of mountains
• People’s reliance on energy
• How people get energy

Share your poems with a wider audience. Send them to us in the comments or share with your parents and friends.

To learn more about  Jue Ju poetry and a more detailed lesson, download our Jue Ju Lesson Plan. For other lesson plans and ideas for activities, go to the Learning Resources at the bottom of our Read to Feed Resources page.


Linda Meyers

Linda Meyers, an Arkansas transplant originally from St. Louis, Mo., started working at Heifer International in 2011. She enjoys dragging her three children on nature hikes and snapping photos of them and everything around her. She has a bachelor’s degree in English has been “in the process” of writing the great American novel for 24 years.