In Accelerated Literacy, our class is focusing on the poem The Tale of Custard the Dragon written by Ogden Nash, to develop our skills and understanding of how poetry is constructed. we are also developing our fleuncy in reading poetry aloud and how to make a personal response to it. Last week we studied the first stanza of Custard the Dragon which is the orientation of a Ballad with a aa bb rhyme. In this stanza Ogden Nash intoduces the characters and uses some fun nonsense words to add to the enjoyment of reading his poem aloud.
The students then tried to write a stanza about their own family using an aa bb rhyme and some nonsense words. They quickly discovered it is not as easy as they thought it would be! In the end, they created some great stanzas that, while they may not be an accurate description of their families, they are a lot of fun.
We hope you enjoy them!