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Ain't Gonna Rain No More

creating new verses for an
old campfire and blues song

Student Writer Instructions:

Today you'll be writing your own four-line poem that can be sung to the tune "It ain't gonna rain no more."

I did find a squid on the beach on the beach.
I did find a squid on the beach.
I screamed and I yelled and the ocean swelled
When I did find a squid on the beach.

                             --Jasmine D., age 11

Just like Karen Beaumont in her book I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!,
you will try to use internal rhymes.

The internal rhymes in Jasmine's poem (above) have been written in bold for you to see easier.  Think you can do that too?

Your teacher should have given you a worksheet that helped you come up with some words that might rhyme in your poem's first and second lines.  Be sure you use that worksheet!  It'll really help.

To come up with ideas for words that might make internal rhymes for your poem's third line, press the button below.  If you can think of different words to use in your third line, you certainly can.

If you finish one four-line poem and others are still working on theirs, try writing a second poem.  It might even turn out better than your first one!

Interactive Choices for Writing:

If you're struggling to start, click the buttons below for some ideas that might inspire you to launch your piece of writing.


Needs some rhyming words for your poem's third line?

(It's okay to come up with your own rhyming words for this activity, if you think of better ones.)

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