Poetry for copywork: Lewis Carroll

The Crocodile
How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale!

How cheerfully he seems to grin,
How neatly spreads his claws,
And welcomes little fishes in,
With gently smiling jaws!

2 Responses to “Poetry for copywork: Lewis Carroll”

  1. Susanne says:

    How fun! I’m currently teaching this poem to my son’s second grade class in the public school. They really loved it!

    And they’re having fun figuring out rhyme scheme, too.

    This month is National Library Poetry Month! Our tiny mountain library is having several poetry readings, both reading work of famous poets and having local poets read their work. One afternoon will be a Shel Silverstein Read-A-Thon!

    So see what your library is up to. Poetry rocks!

    Susanne 🙂

  2. Teresa says:

    My 17yo and my 10 yo both quoted work of Lewis Carroll that they’d found from Harriet the Spy one night. I noticed the similarity of the two poems they shared, so I used the opportunity to demonstrate the meter of them both. (I was pleased that they could remember the verses so well after only a brief acquaintance with them.) We then went on to a couple of other poems they remembered, and looked at their meter as well. To me, this is learning at its best–seizing the teachable moment. They responded quite well to that approach!