Unit 28 - Practice Book page 137-139

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Practice Literary Elements: Name Meter and Rhyme Scheme The rhyme scheme of a poem is the pattern of rhymes at the end of each line. The poem’s meter is the way that accented and unaccented syllables are arranged in the poem. You can think of it as the poem’s rhythm. 1. Read the following limerick by Edward Lear. Circle the rhyming words at the end of each line. Then put an a next to the first set of rhyming words and a b next to the second set of rhyming words to identify the poem’s rhyme scheme. There was an Old Man with a beard, Who said “It is just as I feared! feared!— Two Owls and a Hen, Four Larks and a Wren, Have all built their nests in my beard!” 2. Read the first line of the poem. How would you describe the meter of this line? 3. Now write your own limerick below. © Macmillan /McGraw-Hill At Home: Have the student explain the rhyme scheme and Adelina’s Whales meter for the limerick above. Grade 4/Unit 4 137

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