Students work in pairs or a small group. Each group receives a
limerick that has been cut into strips (along with its accompanying
illustration if there is one). They then put the strips of paper into what they
think might be the correct order.
Across the top of a blank sheet of paper, each student writes 5-6
places s/he's lived or visited.... cities, provinces/states, countries,
Choose the 2 places that are easiest to rhyme (this may take some
experimenting and more than one try). Students can help each other
"brainstorm" rhyming words which they then write in columns underneath
the place names. This can be done using only the last syllable of the name.
Beijing: bring, fling, king, Ming, opening, ring, sing, sling, sting,
Using one or both of the templates, students write limericks by
filling in the blanks with their own rhyming words. Use past tense.
There once was a man from Beijing .
All his life he hoped to be King .
So he put on a crown,
Which quickly fell down.
That small silly man from Beijing.
There once was a ______________ from __________________.
All the while s/he hoped _______________________________.
So s/he _______________________________.
That ___________________ from ___________________.
I once met a _________________ from ___________________.
Every day s/he _______________________________________.
But whenever s/he ______________________.
That strange ___________________ from ___________________.
- Students' work can be compiled into a class anthology or wall display for reading,
autographing, souvenirs, and so on.
- Students can illustrate poems with hand-drawn or computer-generated images.