Limericks Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to limerick poems. Students will read a text lesson, discuss limericks, and write their own limerick poems.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Describe the conventions of limerick poems.
  • Write their own limerick poems.

Length

30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.1.A

Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.

Instructions

  • Start the lesson by reading students your favorite limerick poem. Alternatively, you can write your own and recite it as an introduction (bonus points if it's about your students).
  • Distribute the text lesson Limerick Poems: Lesson for Kids. Have students read the introduction and first section ''What is a Limerick?'' Then, discuss the following questions as a class:
    • What is limerick?
    • What is rhyme scheme?
    • What rhyme scene do limerick poems exhibit? Are there any other conventions of limerick poems that must be followed? What are they?
  • Have students create a graphic organizer (like the table that follows) of the structure of a limerick poem to help them when writing their own. You can either display the following table as is or have them fill in everything but the headers and line numbers.

Line number Rhyme Scheme Syllables
1 A 8 or 9
2 A 8 or 9
3 B 5 or 6
4 B 5 or 6
5 A 8 or 9
  • Next, have students read the remainder of the text lesson. When they are finished, discuss the following questions as a class:
    • Where are limerick poems from?
    • What is the general tone of limerick poems?

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