This a versatile worksheet activity for students to practice writing couplets with a partner. Students alternate writing lines with their partner and circle the rhyming words in each line.
This is a one-page double-sided worksheet with student directions in a fun font. There is space for both partners to put their name at the top and room for students to write up to 10 couplets if you print double-sided.
- - Great centers or Daily 5 activity in your poetry unit
- - The "we do" or guided practice part of a couplet writing lesson
- - Fun filler or easy sub activity after you've already introduced the couplet form to students
- - Have students write couplets about a topic you've covered in science or social studies, or even to explain a math concept! (ex: write a couplet about how plants grow; write 5 couplets about events in the Civil Rights Movement; write a couplet about how to multiply two numbers)
- On-level students in a 2nd-grade class spent about 30 minutes on this activity; Advanced-level students in an 8th grade class spent 20
- Above-level: If your students are comfortable with rhyming words, ask them to include and circle specific types of figurative language instead (i.e., similes/ metaphors, alliteration, etc.)
- On-level or Above-level: If students finish early, ask them to go back and edit one or two couplets for stronger word choice or more descriptive words. It may help to provide a list of adjectives for students to use.
- On-level or Below-level: If your on-level students are struggling to start, consider giving them prompts (ex: write a couplet telling how you feel about recess, or today's lunch).
- Below-level: If your students are struggling with rhyming words, give students pairs of words that rhyme (cat, hat) and create couplets with those words at the end of each line. Or, give students one word/ word family (-at, -ox, etc.) and have them brainstorm rhyming words before they write.
- Have students make a poster of their favorite couplet(s) that they wrote and do a gallery walk around the classroom.
- Work with students to publish couplets on Storybird.com or a similar website. You could create a class book of couplets with Storybird's gorgeous artwork that parents can order through the site.