Reflection: Intervention and Extension Poetry: Writing Clerihews - Section 2: Mini-Lesson


Since students are familiar with couplets, putting two of them together to make a Clerihew is the easy part. The challenging part is making it humorous. I choose a parent as a topic because it is something they know a lot about and kids can always think of something funny about their mom or dad. For kids that struggle with this, I tell them to make a list of the funniest things they can think of about their mom or dad, including funny things that have happened to them. Since my mom is an immigrant, the funniest thing about her is the way she spells things. We always tease her about in a lighthearted way, so that is something that I chose to include in my example. Once students have decided on the humor, they can usually come up with the rhymes.   


  Finding the Funny
  Intervention and Extension: Finding the Funny
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Poetry: Writing Clerihews

Unit 26: Poetry Writing Unit
Lesson 7 of 16

Objective: SWBAT write Clerihew poems using the correct elements.

Big Idea: Understanding the elements of Clerihew poetry

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