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Let's examine the problem of teaching poetry in Middle School
🤓 English teachers teach poetry.
🤢 Kids hate poetry.
🙄 Riddles are in poetic form.
🥰 Kids love riddles.
😀 So riddles are a way to teach kids poetry.
Well, perhaps that's a little harsh: some kids love poetry and some hate riddles. Riddles written as poems are different than most poems in that there is a puzzle to solve. It turns a simple poem into a game.
The following is an outline of a lecture given to a seventh grade Language Arts students about riddles and poetry.
  • Sample riddle. Show them an easy riddle and have the class solve it.
  • Why does one write poetry?
  • Solve another riddle.
  • Who can be a poet? (For fun, hand out "poetic licenses")
  • Solve another riddle.
  • Tolkein Talk. Show riddles from The Hobbit.
  • Discuss forms of verse (limerick, haiku, sonnet, etc.)
  • Limericks, including some sample riddle limericks.
  • Haiku and haiku riddles.
  • More about rhythm.
  • Samples of anapestic meters.
  • Riddles written in anapestic feet.
  • Conclusion: poetry can be fun!

Are you looking for more ways to use riddles in your class setting? Here is our list of all our articles on riddles in the classroom.
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