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Ballads about Relatives

four-line stanzas that
explore a family member

Student Writer Instructions:

Today, you'll be writing a ballad (or a series of ballads) about a family member that you love.

A ballad, if you remember, is a four-line poem whose second and fourth line rhyme.  A ballad also has a distinct rhythm to it. 

Your teacher should show you a few ballads before you begin writing.  Say them out loud before planning your own.  Listen to the rhythm of the four lines.

If you need help getting started, pressing the buttons below might inspire you.

Make your words interesting, and make them flow together!  Good luck!


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.


Can you write a ballad about your...


(It's okay to come up with your own family member for this ballad assignment,
if you have a better idea.)

Might these rhyming words help your ballad...


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



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