Posted by: jockmackenzie | March 22, 2010

“Poetry & Song” – Entry 13 – Limerick #5

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The __________________ New Cloze Clothes


Once students get the rhythm of the first, second, and last lines, it is usually easier for them to write the shorter middle lines. Still concerned with small steps, I have used the “cloze” idea in completing limericks.

This is a perfect place to teach students to invent place names and people’s names and not to have limericks end with what I call “cheater” endings.

Limericks can begin with:

There once was a man from _________________ – insert a made-up place name like

Booday, Tralee, Mumdigh, Perlow, Gazoo

Or

There once was a gal called _________________ – insert a made-up person’s name

Kazah, Jalip, Lapomp, Rindoip, Da Flertz

but do not end the limerick with:

That silly old man from Booday, That crazy old man from Tralee, The gal that we all called Kazah, The gal known to all as Da Flertz.

With only five lines to work with, such a repetitious ending is a terrible waste.


So on to some “cloze” limericks:

There was a young lady of _________________

Who walked up to _________________ on stilts

When they said it was shocking

_____________________________________________________

She answered, “Then what about kilts?”

(Original limerick by William Cosmo Monkhouse)

There was a young lady of Wilts

Who walked up to Scotland on stilts

When they said it was shocking

To show so much stocking

She answered, “The what about kilts?”


An old man of fair Ballin Lock

Made black pudding of chocolate and rock

Manure and old rope

___________________________________________

Wrapped up in an old army sock.

(Original author unknown – any two items would make a suitable addition)


There was an old person of _________________

Whose _________________ was adorned with a frown

When he opened the door

For a _________________ or _________________

He alarmed ________________________________

(Original limerick by Edward Lear)

There was an old person of Down

Whose face was adorned with a frown

When he opened the door

For a minute or more

He alarmed all the people of Down.


______________________________________________

Who slipped in a sewer and  ____________________

His stupid young brother

Fell into ____________________

The verdict on both, “Sewercide!”

(Original author unknown)

There once was a fellow from Clyde

Who slipped in a sewer and died

His stupid young brother

Fell into another

The verdict on both, “Sewercide!”

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