To begin this lesson, I ask if any of my students know what a limerick is. None of them know what one is, and this is where I begin to hand out examples of some different lyric poems. To make it fun, I run off different ones and hand out examples to some of my students. I keep a copy to show to the whole class under the document camera. I want students to read the limerick and the class to make observations on what they notice about this type of poem.
I place the poem being read under the document camera and ask the student who has this poem to read it aloud. I then have them write notes onto their white boards on what they notice about this type of poem. When we have read three of them, I then ask students to share what they noticed. I write these on the white board. We decide that they usually have a rhyming pattern, are five lines long, and can be funny.
We are now going to do the same thing, but with Lyric poetry. I share with them the following Lyric poem from PBS Kids that also gives us a definition for what one is. I have the class help me rewrite the definition to add to the white board. We discuss that a lyric poem usually describes the poets feelings and emotions.
I then share with them some other forms of lyric poetry and use a website to show other forms. Students realize right away that a limerick falls under a lyric poem. I ask them how that might be true. I ask them to look at the definitions and try to connect how the two might be related. With prompting, my class makes the connection that a limerick could be about feelings, but when written this way is meant to be funny.
Now that we have looked into two new type of poetry, I want to bridge lyric poetry with what we had read about Ancient Greek art and literature. Sappho was a famous Greek poet that was known for her lyric poetry. I explain that she was known for writing about feelings and I share a few of Sappho's poems with the class.
I then ask students to chose an emotion that they could try writing about. I ask them to use better words than happy and sad, and figure out an emotion that they can really elaborate on. I model on the white board what my poem might be about and the lines that I would write to describe the emotion. I then hand out half sheets of lined paper and have them write their own Lyric poem.