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					                                  What is a Couplet/Triplet?

A Couplet is a two-line poem that rhymes. Each line contains the same number of
syllables. A Triplet is a three line poem that rhymes and each line has the same number of
syllables. You may combine a series of Couplets or Triplets to extend your poem.
Couplets/Triplets can be simple, funny, serious or witty.

                            Examples of Couplet/Triplet Poetry

                                      Starfish (Couplets)

I found a starfish in the bay
When I was fishing yesterday

Starfish, starfish in the ocean
Moving along in slow motion.

Many arms and color bright
Sea stars are a special sight.
                                         Fishing (Couplets)

Fish hooks floating through the sea,
The little fish say, “Don’t catch me!”
Pulling, tugging on the line,
Oh, no! Look! He is mine!

                                           Kites(Triplet)

Up, up up in flight
Sails my rainbow Kite
What a pretty sight.
                            How to Write Couplet/Triplet Poetry

Step 1. Choose a topic

The topics for Couplet/Triplet poetry are unlimited. However, as you start to write, it might be
easiest to chose a person, place or thing that is easy to rhyme. Also, if you need an idea or
inspiration, please visit the following web site:

http://www.teacherlink.usu.edu/resources/clipart/clipart.html

Here you will find a large variety of pictures. As you browse through these pictures you may
encounter one that you would like to write a poem about. Once you have selected your topic please
continue with step two.
Once you have selected a topic, please move on to the next step in writing Couplet/Triplet poetry.
As an example to help you through this process I will pick a topic and work with it through the
following steps. In the end I will have my final Couplet poem. The topic I will choose to help
illustrate how to go about writing a Couplet poem is............a CLOWN. Please notice that I have
picked an easy word to rhyme.


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Once you have selected a topic, please move on to the next step in writing Couplet/Triplet poetry.
As an example to help you through this process I will pick a topic and work with it through the
following steps. In the end I will have my final Couplet poem. The topic I will choose to help
illustrate how to go about writing a Couplet poem is............a CLOWN. Please notice that I have
picked an easy word to rhyme.



Step 2. Think about your topic. Write your first line.

Using the topic of a CLOWN, I will write the first line of my Couplet poem. You will do this using
the topic you have chosen. You may do this work on paper. Please remember; I only need to
see the finish copies of your 3 favorite Couplet and/or Triplet poetry. Please write your 3
favorite Couplet/Triplet poems on the ASSIGNMENT FILE where indicated.

I awoke bright and early to see the clown!


Step 3.     Make a list of words that rhyme with the last word in your first
           line. (Your topic does not have to be your last word.)

Using the topic of a CLOWN, I will write all of the words I can think of that rhyme with clown.
You will do this using the topic you have chosen. You may do this work on paper. Please
remember; I only need to see the finish copies of your 3 favorite Couplet and/or Triplet
poetry. Please write your 3 favorite Couplet/Triplet poems on the ASSIGNMENT FILE
where indicated.

Please Note: If you are Having difficulty thinking of rhyming words for the last word in
the first line of your Couplet/Triplet, please visit the following website:

http://www.WriteExpress.com/cgi-bin/rhymer.cgi

This is a rhyming word dictionary. You type in the word you need to find rhyming words
for and it will give you a list.


Step 4. Using the list of rhyming words, write the second line of your
        Couplet. If you are writing a Triplet, please write the second and
       third lines. Please remember each line has to have the same
       number of syllables.

Using the topic of a CLOWN, I will write the second line of my Couplet poem. You will do this
using the topic you have chosen. You may do this work on paper. Please remember; I only need
to see the finish copies of your 3 favorite Couplet and/or Triplet poetry. Please write your
3 favorite Couplet/Triplet poems on the ASSIGNMENT FILE where indicated.
The main street was lined with everyone in town!
       Step 5. Please repeat these steps for the next Couplet or Triplet until
           your poem is complete. Put your Couplets/Triplets together and
           write your poem.

Using the topic of a CLOWN, I will repeat the process of writing Couplets/Triplets and complete
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       Step 5. Please repeat these steps for the next Couplet or Triplet until
          your poem is complete. Put your Couplets/Triplets together and
          write your poem.

Using the topic of a CLOWN, I will repeat the process of writing Couplets/Triplets and complete
my poem. You will do this using the topic you have chosen. You may do this work on paper.
Please remember; I only need to see the finish copies of your 3 favorite Couplet and/or
Triplet poetry. Please write your 3 favorite Couplet/Triplet poems on the ASSIGNMENT
FILE where indicated.

I awoke bright and early to see the clown!
The main street was lined with everyone in town!

There was a buzz of excitement throughout the crowd.
When the clown was within sight the cheering was loud!

He bounced and hopped closer to me.
I climb my dad so I could see.

I finally beheld the funniest sight!
I held onto my dad with all of my might.

The clown passed by.
I let out a sigh!

Another year I’ll yearn,
For the great clown’s return! =)




                This is the end of the file on writing Couplets/Triplets!
                       I hope you have fun writing your poems!




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