Teaching poetry can be a challenge. It is easy to get caught up in the mechanics of poetry when teaching about rhyme scheme. It is easy to get lost in imagery when teaching about meaning and depth of poetry.
Sometimes you just need a little fun when you’re teaching rhyme scheme—like in the Facebook Live videos that my students made of me teaching the about the importance of syllabication in rhyme scheme development—using funny rhymes and even a little rapping.
The moral of the story? Have fun when teaching. Use anything you already know or anything around you. Walk students through difficult concepts incrementally—using lots of examples and chances to practice together before expecting students to do difficult or unfamiliar tasks.
Happy teaching! 🙂