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SPIDER Limerick 3 BAS 2016

 Write a limerick?

Why not! I thought it would be fun to share a limerick this week and invite you to write one too. Mine is about me and a spider.

When teaching (grades 4-8), I found that starting a new school year by writing poems and sharing them was an exciting way get students hooked on writing. I must admit it—limericks are so much fun! In the classroom we learn about using some of the tools in our writer’s tool box—tools like assonance (repeating vowel sounds) and consonance (repeating consonant sounds) to create a musical message. And of course, we had Scholastic rhyming dictionaries and thesauruses close at hand. It’s always exciting to discover alternative words (synonyms) that have just the right sounds and syllables to perfect our poems.

Whether you’re a teacher, a parent or simply want to share the love of reading and writing, get the kids together and give it a try. Read on to discover what inspired me to write my spider limerick and have lots of fun writing and reading with the kids!

Click the link to find out all about it How to Write a Limerick http://www.poetry4kids.com/blog/lessons/how-to-write-a-limerick/

More about Bette’s Spider Limerick

Before I wrote this limerick, I had been watching several spiders weave their webs on the outside screens of our back porch all during the spring and summer. Spiders are fascinating creatures to watch from a safe distance. But, up close and personal they frighten me. The photo for the limerick was taken by me (safely inside the screen). Nature and my own human nature inspired me to write this one:

There once was a tall timid writer
Who spotted an intrepid spider
She jumped up and screamed
Then she suddenly beamed
“Why, I’ll write a fine book about spiders!”

~ Bette A. Stevens

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Comments on: "Write a Limerick!" (37)

  1. Bette, I love the limerick – and at first thought this might be your new project! 😃 Also a great photograph. I’m not usually scared of spiders and often catch them indoors to return to nature; think I’d run from this one though! I bet your classes loved the poetry sessions and writing limericks is such fun – as a family we will often sit after dinner coming up with them.

    • Hi, Annika. How delighted I am to hear about your family’s limerick writing tradition. An unforgettable way to share the love and fun of language with the next generation and build family bonds at the same time! Having fun with words–reading and writing poetry/ limericks has always been one of my favorite things to share. Kids bud and bloom when they discover and delight in the magic! Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit. 🙂 Hugs!

  2. Bette, I loved your spider limerick. And the poetry link was so helpful. I’m keeping this for future reference. Now, you do know, you’ll have to write a book about spiders. Grin. I love to write in rhythm and rhyme. 😀 I’ll also share this fabulous post.

    • Young or old, the magic of poetry keeps readers and writers begging for more. So glad you enjoyed the spider limerick,Tracy. Thanks so much for stopping to chat and for sharing the post. May your week be filled with wonders! 🙂 ❤

  3. There once was a middle-aged writer,
    Whose sci-fi ideas would excite her,
    She’d jump up in the night,
    To scribble and write
    Though her books didn’t always delight her…

    There’s mine:) They are addictive, aren’t they? I use them with my Creative Writing students sometimes.

  4. Bette – just a delightful poem! I checked out the link to learn how to write one and found a rhyming dictionary and thesaurus. Thank you!!! Your limerick… sounds like a new book, Bette!

    • Have fun, John! Limericks are contagious, my friend. Finished reading A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching–inspiring memoir that I highly recommend to educators everywhere –will write a review soon. Thanks so much for stopping by to chat. 🙂

  5. What a very lovely limerick, Bette! 🙂 It´s like a whole story all on its own. Have a wonderful sunday! xxx

  6. Ha ha ha. I love the limmerick, Bette. Typical writer! It reminded me of the children’s book “Joseph had an overcoat.” Everything is fodder for the writer’s soul.

  7. I am also afraid of spiders, though like you, I can watch them as long as they aren’t near or (heaven forbid!!) on me. I don’t think I could write about them without being entirely creeped out 🙂 Good limerick.

    • Thanks, Marilyn. I had fun writing this one. Believe it or not, we’ve been observing seven of these intrepid critters claim new home territory under the eaves of the porch. Normally, I wisk their webs away with a broom weekly; but this year my back won’t cooperate. Lucky spiders. 🙂

  8. Reblogged this on BOOK CHAT and commented:
    Enjoy this fun post by Bette Stevens who wrote a limerick about a spider.

  9. Loved your limerick, Bette. Spiders aren;t so bad. They actually are useful little creatures.
    Hugs, my friend.

  10. What fun! Limericks, haikus, sonnets — I love the challenge of arranging words for beauty and meaning!

  11. I too love limericks! I wrote this a year ago:

    There once was a girl named Amiss
    Who’s goal in her life was to kiss
    With men she would meet
    Their faces she’d greet
    And nary a one did dismiss

    The boys from around got to know
    From Amiss they’d get quite a show
    They’d come from afar
    To see the new star
    Only to find she’s a miss

    Now time as you know won’t be harried
    But the message of course will be carried
    From the men she did meet
    There was one she did keep
    And now the miss is a married

  12. Fun,Bette. Now you need to write one about monarchs!
    There was an impaired lepidopterist
    Who needed to be a chronologist
    He sought moths in the morning
    While night searches scorning
    Stung, he was soon hymenopterist.

    Not quite there….

    • Love it, Noelle! Fun and informative.. I searched the web to find out about hymenoperta. 🙂 Now, I’ll just have to write one about monarchs. My to-do-list needs doing. Ouch! 🙂 Hugs,dear friend!

  13. There once was a man with a novel,
    For readers he often would grovel.
    With not enough sold,
    Before he got old,
    He’ll be living inside of a hovel.

    My first attempt 🙂

  14. This is great fun. You’re inspiring me to try a limerick of my own. 🙂

  15. My 12-year old loves writing limericks! Thank you so much for linking up at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!
    Tina

    • Hi, Tina. Thanks for the note of confidence. Kids really love writing laugh-out-loud limericks and sharing them too! Have lots of fun with the kids every day! 🙂

  16. Love your limerick! My poetry unit was always one of my favorites for my 1st and 2nd-graders!

    • Thanks, Lisa! Poetry was a foundation in my classrooms (grades 4-8). Kids of all ages blossom to its music and magic. Have a magical week! 🙂

  17. That’s a great idea for our first week of homeschool, which will be starting tomorrow! Thanks for sharing at the #LMMLinkup.

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