How to Write a Clerihew

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Writing funny poems is the best part about learning poetic forms! Young poets learn all about clerihews—humorous four-line poems about people—with an explanatory lesson.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have students write clerihews about story characters, historical figures, or animals in different ecosystems for an interdisciplinary activity
  • Host a poetry slam in which classmates snap for each others' poetry readings
Classroom Considerations

  • Dissuade learners from writing teasing or cruel poems about their classmates or teachers
Pros

  • Provides several tips and examples of different types of clerihews
  • Rules for clerihews are clear
Cons

  • None