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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Limerick Poem Activity


Limerick Poems have 5 LINES with a set rhythm and rhyme pattern:
  • LINE 1: 3 stresses, rhyme A (setting up the “story” conflict)
  • LINE 2: 3 stresses, rhyme A (more information about the people
  • LINE 3: 2 stresses, rhyme B (here we read/hear the solution)
  • LINE 4: 2 stresses, rhyme B (how is this conflict/problem solved?)
  • LINE 5: 3 stresses, rhyme A (back to the beginning again)
Study the pattern in Example 1, then see if you can fill in the blanks in in Example 2


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Exam Slam!

Here is one written by a student about EXAMINATIONS !!! (fear and trembling):

AP exam, Advanced Placement

When I took a few AP exams3 stressed syllables and rhyme A 
I studied old history scams; 3 stresses and A
No tutor could I afford, 2 stresses and B
But in physics I scored! 2 stresses and B
College credit for knowing 'bout grams! 3 stresses and again

The AP Psych Test, Section II Free Response Bo...Image via Wikipedia
Advanced Placement exams are taken by high school students (mostly in the US and Canada) to get college credit for high-level classes. Popular subjects include calculus, physics, biology, and various areas of literature and history.

Advanced Placement exams are taken by high school students (mostly in the US and Canada) to get college credit for high-level classes. Popular subjects include calculus, physics, biology, and various areas of literature and history.

112 Free Limerick Poems from Project Gutenberg <-- click here

To help you write your own, there is a Rhyme Dictionary in the widgets column on the right.

Exam Cheat

Monday, April 18, 2011

Ode to the Spell Checker -- (but that just can't be right!?!)

Copy and paste this into your word processing program and see whether or not it helps:

Eye halve a spelling chequer


It came with my pea sea


It plainly marques four my revue


Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word


And weight four it two say


Weather eye am wrong oar write


It shows me strait a weigh.



As soon as a mist ache is maid


It nose bee fore two long


And eye can put the error rite


Its rare lea ever wrong.


Eye have run this poem threw it


I am shore your pleased two no


It's letter perfect awl the weigh


My chequer tolled me so.

(by: mjscott on wordreference.com)