Limerick Vs Lyric

1 teachers like this lesson
Print Lesson


SWBAT determine how a limerick and lyric poem differ and be abel to write a lyric poem to be a part of the Ancient Greece unit.

Big Idea

As we study Ancient Greece and poetry, students are introduced to a lyric poem. My students thought this referred to a limerick and this is to help them distinguish the two and write an example of a lyric poem for their Greece unit.

Limerick Observations

5 minutes

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. 

Lyric Observations

5 minutes

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. 

Practice with Lyric Poems

10 minutes

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.