Quatrain Poems: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Rayna Cummings

Rayna has taught Elementary Education for 12 years (in both 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades) and holds a M.Ed in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University

Did you know there are words and poems that rhyme? In this lesson, you will learn how to create and use rhyming words in your own special rhyming quatrain poems. So come with me and let's get going, quatrain poems to see and begin to start knowing!

What are Quatrain Poems?

It's time to start
and do your part,
quatrain poems you will see
and a quatrain rhyming poem writer you will be.

Quatrain poems are special poems with four lines that rhyme. Rhyming means having words that sound the same and have the same endings. As with the example poem, you can see that 'start' and 'part' rhyme and 'be' and 'see' rhyme. These words sound the same and end with the same letters - 'art' and 'e.'

Example of rhyming words with the same endings and words that do not rhyme
Rhyming words

The rhyming words in the picture are only a few of the thousand of rhyming words in our English language. Can you think of any other rhyming words that sound the same and have the same endings?

Now you are on your way to writing quatrain rhyming poems. An easy way to remember if words rhyme is if they are in a word family. A word family is a list of words that all end with the same endings. Word families are a great way to help you think of rhyming words to use in your rhyming poems.

Example of some word families
Word families

Types of Quatrain Poems

Now that you are a rhyming expert, let's put your rhyming words in a poem. There are two types of quatrain poems you can write.

1. AABB pattern quatrain poem - has first and second lines with a set of rhyming words, and the third and fourth lines with a different set of rhyming words

Example of a famous AABB quatrain poem - Humpty Dumpty
Famous Quatrain Poem

As you can see, the AABB pattern quatrain poem in the picture is a rhyming poem. The first and second lines have rhyming words of 'wall' and 'fall' and the third and fourth lines have 'men' and 'again' rhyming words.

2. ABAB pattern quatrain poem - has first and third lines with a set of rhyming words, and the second and fourth lines with a different set of rhyming words. Here's an example:

We went to the park

to play with my pet dog

then it got dark

and I tripped over a log

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