Tuesday, April 4, 2023

April - Poetry Month - Day Four - Doublets


       Happy Poetry Month, where poems parade in the streets, run like rivers within our veins or settle in our hearts every.single,time. 
       I am planning to use this older book pictured left that follows the alphabet with one kind of prompt each day. I used this book on occasion in the classroom years ago, but never worked through it day by day, with deliberation! Here goes!

       Here's what the book says about doublets: "A doublet was invented by Lewis Carroll in 1879 as a word puzzle. The goal is to make a list of words that change, one letter at a time, to a different word. The doublet is written one word under another to make a "word ladder". The poem is then written around this word ladder. The first and last words of the ladder are usually the title. These words must also have the same number of letters. Here's a picture of the poem in the book:

         What I didn't know was Carroll also invented the game, Doublets, a huge craze at some time in the past. You can find more about that HERE from Psychology Today.

          This was a big challenge and I can imagine working with a few different lists which will certainly end with different outcomes. I used words that created a story, well, take it and imagine yourself what might be happening. (I'll need to try this again!)

photo attribution - Catechois, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons Free Stock photos by Vecteezy


  1. This looks hard to accomplish, Linda. Do you know Tim Rasinski's word ladders work? He often has them on his fb page. Having a list of words to work from might make the ideas flow more quickly for the poem aspect. Love that you shared something so new and I think your poem is rather intriguing!! And ending with Charlie Chaplin. I, as I just said, am intrigued in the word play aspect leading to a poem....
    Janet Clare F.

    1. Hi Janet, I did think of Rasinski's word ladders & they are similar but more flexible that these doublets rules. And perhaps the doublets' rules would be a step up for older students. I will try another but this one I imagined some kind of meeting where people have to agree on something, ending with Chaplin because he was always so happy as the Tramp! It really is all silly but the words bring us to odd things sometimes, don't they? Thanks for sharing your ideas on it, too!


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