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Poetry: How to write a limerick

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Clear stages to encourage students at KS3 and KS4 to create their own limericks - humorous poetry.

For those students for whom poetry is a 'chore' to be endured!

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Poetry: How to write a limerick

  1. 1. How to Write a Limerick There was a young man from Lahore, Who had quite a stinky back door, With a huff and a puff, He did a big guff, And crapped all over the floor. Source – www.netmums.com - 2010
  2. 2. • Pick a boy’s or girl’s name that has one syllable – examples Bill, Tim, Dick, Sue, Jill. There once was a young girl (or young boy) named ____ So the first line is: ’There once was a young girl named Jill.’ How to Write a Limerick adapted from source - www.gigglepoetry.com - Bruce LanskyPoemhowtowritealimerick.ppt/poetry/englishabc ldrt – englishabc - 2015
  3. 3. • Make a list of words that rhyme with the last word in the first line— example Jill. One list of rhyming words might be: hill, drill, pill, skill, bill, will, and ill. • Write the second line using one of the rhyming words. How to Write a Limerick adapted from source - www.gigglepoetry.com - Bruce LanskyPoemhowtowritealimerick.ppt/poetry/englishabc ldrt – englishabc - 2015 Here’s an example: ‘Who freaked at the sight of a drill.’ (Note that the last words in the first two lines rhyme and that both the first and second lines contain 3 DUMS or beats.)
  4. 4. • Think of an interesting story. What could happen to someone scared of a drill? What about ‘going to the dentist?’ • Here’s a suggestion – Add the third and fourth lines. ‘She brushed every day.’ ‘So, her dentist would say,’ (Note that “day” and “say,” the last words, both rhyme. Note that there are 2 DUMS or beats in each line.) How to Write a Limerick adapted from source - www.gigglepoetry.com - Bruce Lansky ldrt – englishabc - 2015
  5. 5. • Return to the list of earlier rhyming words - hill, drill, pill, skill, bill, will, and ill. Find one that can end the poem. Here’s an example: • Here’s the poem we just wrote: There once was a young girl named Jill. Who was scared by the sight of a drill. She brushed every day So her dentist would say, “Your teeth are so perfect; no bill.” Now try writing one yourself! How to Write a Limerick Poemhowtowritealimerick.ppt/poetry/englishabc adapted from source - www.gigglepoetry.com - Bruce Lansky ldrt – englishabc - 2015 ”Your teeth are quite perfect. No bill.”

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