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Learning task 4: Modelling - rhyme and rhythm

Context: Rhyme and rhythm in limericks

Explore how rhyme and rhythm works in Poetic Limericks, then in pairs, writing their own limericks.

Teacher defines and explains rhythm and rhyme.

Teacher gives the class a limerick.

Class uses teaching to work out a 'pattern' rhyme scheme, rhythm, line number) for the limerick.

In pairs, class write their own limerick. Focus is on obeying metrical and rhyming rules - not necessarily making sense!

Extension 1

The same approach can be taken to sonnets.

Extension 2

Students can model on other forms or use other starters to prompt their own poetry.

Published on: 21 Apr 2009