Did you know that the bouncy verse that Dr. Seuss often wrote his stories in, is called anapestic tetrameter?
Wow! That’s a mouthful. It sort of sounds like one of his crazy creatures.
This meter was also used in the Romantic Era by the English poet Lord Byron.
Even more popular than Byron, is Clement Moore’s famous, “The Night Before Christmas”, which also uses anapestic tetrameter.
In celebration of Dr. Seuss, I wrote my own poem “I Will Read” using this super-fun rhythm.
For a sweet bookmark, print it off, then have students cut it out (it’s in the shape of Seuss’s iconic cat hat), then glue it to a piece of red construction paper.
They can use it to write their own anapestic tetrameter “I Will Read” poem, or be inspired to make another “shapely poem” of their own.
Completed projects make a great Seuss bulletin board for March is Reading Month or Read Across America.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, wishing you a super-duper time celebrating everything Seuss.
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