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Students explore limericks. In this poetry writing lesson, students listen to and read a variety of poems written by Edward Lear. Students count syllables and identify meter by clapping as they read aloud. Students complete a limerick with guided practice and then write a limerick independently.
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.
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."
Young oceanographers conduct independent online research to learn about ocean life, explore limerick and cinquain poem structure and syllabication, and produce poetry that conveys the information they found. Links don't work, but it's easy to guide young learners to navigate internet resources. Resource defines and gives examples of limericks and cinquains. Useful for teaching syllabication.
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.
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.
The teaching of how to write limericks is the focus of this presentation. Learners see verses such as: "There was an old man from Blackneath, Who sat down on his set of false teeth. He said, in his pain, 'I've done it again, I've bitten myself underneath.' " Then they try their hand at constructing a limerick.
Students in three classes in different locations become Poetry Prodigies as they use iChat AV and an iSight camera to teach and explore from each other about different poetic styles. They explore six types of poetry are taught: limerick, haiku, acrostic, couplet, cinquain, and concrete.