Center Focus


  1. Find several examples of limericks to place at this center. Here's a traditional anonymous one:

    A Young Lady of Lynn
    There was a young lady of Lynn,
    Who was so uncommonly thin
               That when she essayed
               To drink lemonade,
    She slipped through the straw and fell in.

  2. Have your students read many limericks to get a feel for the unusual rhythm and style. They should see the humor that is common to most limericks.
  3. Have them write their own humorous limericks.
  4. Encourage them to write several and then choose their favorite one to illustrate and share with the class.

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