Lipogram: Rewrite “Twinkle, Twinkle”

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Students will re-write a nursery rhyme using increasingly difficult letter restrictions.

A Lipogram is a great example of constrained writing - adding unexpected restrictions to force writers to really think about what they're doing. Students will be cracking open their thesaurus, restructuring sentences, and coming up with ways to get around common, but forbidden, words.

Your students might find this Lipogram App helpful for checking their work.


  1. First, students rewrite "Twinkle, Twinkle" without the letter A.
  2. Next, they cannot use the letter E. Goodbye "twinkle" and "little"!
  3. Finally, they'll rewrite the poem without using A or E.
  4. For a final, optional challenge, can students rewrite "Twinkle, Twinkle" without half of the alphabet: B F G J K O Q U V W X Y Z?

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