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What Am I? Teaching Poetry through Riddles

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What Am I? Teaching Poetry through Riddles

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 30-minute and two 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

John Paul Walter

John Paul Walter

Washington, Washington DC


National Council of Teachers of English


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Renee Shepherd

April 22, 2014

My students are in the 7th grade. This was not only a great lesson, but the students enjoyed it, too.
This lesson truly showed my students that learning can be fun. It also covered the Benchmarks as required by the county.
Thank you for all the hard work. Greatly appreciated, and much respect for the endeavor.



February 27, 2013

These lessons worked wonderfully with my 8th grade students! We hung them on the wall by our office and used QR codes so students could check if they were correct or not. Thanks so much!


Jordan Inman

May 08, 2012

That's great, John! I've written and shared 38 riddle poems of my own here: www.yaddlezap.com/riddlepoems
Each one follows certain formal poetic constraints that I found both fun and challenging to work within.


Amy Puckett

December 03, 2010

I have used this lesson several times with my 7th and 8th grade language arts students. They love it. They enjoy trying to interpret the sample poems and creating their own.

It is a wonderful lesson to maintain interest right before winter break.


Nazmi Maulida

June 01, 2010

I am a students university of education.
I think it is a good way to teach the children. Although I never try this before. So thank you very much for the information and the knowledge. It will very useful for my assignment.
I will try it. I hope it will work. ;)



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