Upper Intermediate level
To provide the students with practice in the skill of writing by poetry.
To provide writing practice in the form of iambic tetrameter.
Procedure (32-50 minutes)
Recap on the first lesson about rhyming schemes and iambic tetrameter. Use CCQs to make sure the students understand the form of the poem.
Elicit from the students what has happened so far in the story. Write Liz and John on the board and brain storm the students idea. Discuss with the students what could possible happened in the rest of the poem. Write on the board: John and Liz talk for hour upon hour....... Put the students in pairs (choose some students with weaker writing skills and pair them with stronger students) ask the students to brainstorm what could happen next.
Tell students they will write 7 more lines of the poem. The students will use the sentence on the board as their first line. Ask students to get in to groups and think about words that rhyme with the last word in the first line 'hour'. Get feedback and write their answers on the board. Ask students to select one idea that they wrote down in their brainstorm. In the same pairs as before tell students to write down some words that rhyme centred around their idea.
The students will write their next 7 lines following on from the poem and using their idea previously brainstormed. Monitor students on their writing and help if needed.
Ask the students to read their poems to other pairs. Get feedback from the class about each others poems. Maybe pick a pair that don't mind reading their poem out loud to the WC.