How to Write a Limerick

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Add a little fun and fancy to English language arts with an activity that challenges scholars to write a limerick. Authors follow five rules in order to compose an original poem that contains a specific rhyme scheme. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Invite learners to read their original work to the class
  • Assign the poem during English language arts center rotations; have the link open and direct pupils to write their limerick in one center, and assist as needed 
Classroom Considerations
  • Participants should be able to rhyme words 
  • The plan can be led in a direct instruction format or read and followed by class members independently 
  • Offers tricks to make writing easier 
  • Includes several examples 
  • Promotes continued writing for practice 
  • Example poems are typed in a light colored font