Posted by: jockmackenzie | April 30, 2009

“Poetry and Song” – ENTRY 2 – Rhyming Definitions

I have written the better part of a teacher reference book I am calling “Poetry and Song.” It’s currently under review by a Canadian publisher. Here on the blog, I am offering glimpses from each chapter. If what you see here is useful, please let me know. I am also interested in hearing what teachers would like to see for a Poetry and Song unit.

Level One or Grade Six – Hink Pinks and Hinky Pinkies

A “Hink Pink” is a riddle whose answer is two, one-syllable rhyming words. E.g. Riddle: What do you call an extra seat? Answer: Spare Chair

A “Hinky Pinky” is a riddle whose answer is two, two-syllable rhyming words. E.g. Riddle: What do you call a pleased father: Answer: Happy Pappy.

The clue regarding syllables comes from the number of syllables in the type of riddle. Is it a ‘hink pink’ (one syllable words) or is it a ‘hinky pinky’ (hink – y = two syllables)?

Students, initially, should be introduced to Hink Pinks and Hinky Pinkies that are relatively straightforward. Next, more difficult ones could be attempted. Finally, students could be asked to invent their own.

*** My students often had difficulty preparing the ‘riddle’ part. Intuitively backward in design, the student would think of two rhyming words for an answer but would often use one of the words when asking riddle. E.g. answer = fat cat then the riddle became What do you call a fat kitty? Oops! This is an excellent time to allow students to use both a rhyming dictionary and a thesaurus.

The second most common problem always seemed to be the nonsensical answers. Students would find any two rhyming words and then try to force some kind of riddle. If the answer were Chase Face, no riddle that I know of would enable anyone to make sense of the answer. By getting students to critique one another’s riddles and answers, embarrassment and futility were avoided.

As in all chapters, exercises are offered. Here’s one sample:

Hink Pinks

Happy father Glad Dad
Large boar or sow Big Pig
Tidy road Neat Street
Freight cars hauling wheat Grain Train
Trout on a plate Fish Dish

Hinky Pinkies

A cat that moved to town City Kitty
A foolish William Silly Billy
A friend who helps with homework Study Buddy
A very big shock King-size Surprise
The cost of increasing excitement Suspense Expense
2008 Olympic toy Beiijing Plaything


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