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Poetry Contest: Write a Limerick on How We Can Improve Education

Poetry Contest: Write a Limerick on How We Can Improve Education

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April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate the month, we're having a fun poetry contest.

Here's how it works:

:: Post your limerick on how to best improve education below :: Invite others to vote on your limerick. To vote, simply click on the thumbs up icon in the top right-hand corner of the post. :: At the end of the month, the top five limericks with the most "thumbs ups" will have their limerick promoted on edutopia.org's homepage and in our enewsletter! Plus, you'll get a fabulous bag of art/poetry-inspired goodies!

Let the Limericks begin! Deadline is April 30 at midnight PDT.

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Klaudia Fisher's picture

There once was a school from '88,
Whose methods weren't quite update,
Their test scores were bad,
The community was mad,
No wonder,
PBL was not on their slate!

Warren Stuart's picture

You must begin to teach them as young as four
Teach them to hear when they come thru the door
Then teach them a thousand words or three
Because each must learn to read, you see.
They also need a phoneme or two
Or maybe a hundred before you are through
And if you do this for every ONE
They will all graduate when you're done

Jim Samsel's picture
Jim Samsel
HS English & Reading Teacher

Limerick (poetry)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A limerick is a five-line poem in anapestic or amphibrachic meter with a strict rhyme scheme (aabba), which intends to be witty or humorous, and is sometimes obscene with humorous intent. It may have its roots in the 18th-century Maigue Poets of Ireland[1], although the form can be found in England in the early years of the century[2]. It was popularized in English by Edward Lear in the 19th century, although he did not use the term.

The following example of a limerick is of unknown origin.

The limerick packs laughs anatomical
In space that is quite economical,
But the good ones I've seen
So seldom are clean,
And the clean ones so seldom are comical.

Jeff Crane's picture

It began with No Child Left Behind.
The frustrations were surely a sign.

But if we're allowed just to teach,
and have all the requirements cease,

then Race To the Top will be benign.

mathsgr8's picture
6th Grade Math Teacher in Point Pleasant, NJ

Black coffee to start off the day.
Green tea when it's well underway.
At lunch a short walk
Around the school's block
And at night, a fine cabernet.

Jenni French's picture

Students born in front of flat screens
Develop brains the size of green beans.
To help them succeed
We must get them to read
To learn from what others have seen.

Joanne Krett's picture

Since money is never enough
And the problems in schools are so tough
I think the solution
Is complete revolution
Corporate testing must be met with rebuff

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