Couplets - Just Two
Review rhyming words. Use Corkulous (virtual cork board using iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) to think of a poetry topic. Then collectively pair rhyming words that connect to the chosen topic. Summer
2 DIRECT INSTRUCTION
Introduce the structure of a couplet by putting examples on the board.:
Practice topic: Summer
Summer is filled with very hot days
We got wet in all sorts of ways
When the ice cream truck whistled down the street
We hurried toward the sound to get the delicious treat
Days so hot made us jump into the pool
Swimming all day made our bodies perfectly cool
Ask students do they see another word inside of couplet (couple). Explain that couple means two and the word couplet comes from the word couple meaning two. Two rhyming lines make a couplet. A couplet poem can be just two lines long or it can be a hundred lines long. Also tell them the lines do not have to be complete sentences.
Have students watch the following YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icQC84NUM00
3 GUIDED PRACTICE
Divide class into 4 groups. Tell students they will create a couplet poem about summer in each group that is at least 10 lines long. (Remind them they cannot use the practice lines above.) Suggest that they may use www.rhymezone.com on their iPads if they get stuck finding a rhyming word that makes sense in their poetry story. Groups will pick a reader to share their poem with the class. Poems will be read aloud and shared with class. Other groups will be allowed to give input about each groups’ poem.
4 INDEPENDENT PRACTICE
Using www.superteacherworksheets.com, give each student a worksheet to create individual couplet poems using the couplet template. Remind them that they may use rhymezone if they get stuck on a rhyme and encourage them to be creative. After writing the poem on the worksheet have them to type their poem on their iPads and save them.
For homework have students go on line to find a couplet poem, print it, and bring it to class to share.
In class the next day ask students to create a 4 to 6 line couplet about anything they choose.