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Introduce your class to the limerick with a focus on the form and its history. Resource is short on procedure, but contains useful suggestions about where to look for school-appropriate limericks for young readers. Examine the a-a-b-b-a rhyme scheme used in limericks. Focuses on the writing of Edward Lear, X.J. Kennedy, and anthologized limericks.
What exactly is a limerick? Find out on these slides. The meter of an anapest is clearly explained as well as other components such as rhyme so that you too can write a limerick. Examples are given and a short biography of Edward Lear, a popular limerick poet, is included at the beginning. Introduce your young poets to this fun form that they can mimic after seeing these slides.
Introduce your class to the delights of nonsense poetry and explore literary devices with the writing of Edward Lear. Learners identify rhyme and meter as well as figures of speech, alliteration, and onomatopoeia in "The Owl and the Pussycat" and, in groups, apply those skills to "The Broom, the Shovel, the Poker and the Tongs." They then prepare their own nonsense poems modeled after Lear's work.
Recite a nursery rhyme by saying the rhyme with the words broken into sounds, and play a phonics hopscotch game with youngsters. Next, they read the limerick "A Young Farmer of Leeds" and discuss the pattern in the limerick, then write/illustrate a picture or description of the poem "Old Man With a Beard."
Play a game where partners draw words and give each other clues. Then work on deleting, adding, and substituting phonemes from words in a familiar nursery rhyme. Using a template, pupils write a limerick using their own rhyming words. Each of these activities will reinforce rhyming and word recognition.
Young scholars explore limericks. In this poetry writing lesson plan, students listen to and read a variety of poems written by Edward Lear. Young scholars count syllables and identify meter by clapping as they read aloud. Students complete a limerick with guided practice and then write a limerick independently.