Writing Seuss Style Poetry

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Objective

Students will write a poem about a topic of your choosing in the style of Dr. Seuss, focusing on his use of rhythm and stressed syllables.

Inspired by these Seuss-ish Star Wars drawings.

Steps

  1. Students analyze Dr. Seuss writing, looking for the details that make him sound Seuss-y.
  2. After picking a topic, students brainstorm a list of words related to that topic, break them into syllables, and underline the stressed syllables.
  3. Students create a Seuss-style stanza using his line length, rhyme pattern, and (most importantly) rhythm.

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