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Limericks

Level: Upper intermediate, Advanced Type: General lesson plan

This entertaining skills lesson by Paul Ashe introduces the framework of a limerick and provides students with practice in writing their own limericks.

Target age: Teenagers and above
Time needed: 40 minutes
Materials: One copy of the worksheet per student

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  • Have to admit I agree with all of the above.I was looking forward to
    some interesting lesson material but this is way below the standard
    I have come to expect on this site. The author just doesn't seem to have a clue about what ingredients are necessary to make up a good limerick so the excercise seems pointless.

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  • Sorry but the sample limerick would be an unhelpful resource for teaching the rhythm as it doesn't scan without unreasonable force and forces stress on the wrong words

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  • Absolutely dreadful Limericks. The lines do not scan and the rhymes are forced. Take them away and drown them in the Shannon!

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  • There once was a teacher named Ashe
    Who thought he might write to make cash
    But his Limericks were bad
    So he drove people mad
    As his words ended up in a mash.

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  • These are hardly Limericks at all - wrong rhythm, poor rhymes and far from funny. Try harder!

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