In English class, as part of our reading of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, we read and analyzed the poem "The Jabberwocky." We learned about portmanteau, Lewis Carroll's term for the invented language he uses in the poem. Students also looked at the form, structure and rhyme scheme of the original verse, and used all that they learned to create their own Jabberwocky-inspired poems! Here's a sample of this whimsical work!
Middle School English
Dean of Middle School
The Rocking Horsefly
By Ian P.
The Rocking Horsefly quickens pace
To reach its prey, its foes must die,
It stlumps with grief, and leaves no trace
Of colly Bread and Butterflies.
Its lonely path, it walks in shame
Its head hung low, its stomach filled,
It cannot shake the heavy blame
Of what was done, and who was killed.
Twas' still that night, upon the death
No sound was heard, no soul was there
When to it, came a quiet breath:
"Help," it said, but it was where?
The Rocking Horsefly heard a sound
It came from here, then there, then here
The Rocking Horsefly whirled around
And saw a borrid, awful fear.
Its mother, trapped, and locked away
She needed help, "But how?" it thought.
And in an sneat, on that sad day,
Its mom was gone, from that same spot.
Cheshire Cat Ballad
By Benjamin W. and Nathan T.
Infiltration and deception
Are two specialties I posses
But I have a small confession
Of a failed mission I partesed
I had a brother once, my son
Who helped me rule this world you see
My brother's name - it was Reason
We brought order - twas him and me
All in the golden afternoon
Quite lohaffg was the war we fought
But Time was strong and overcame
He killed Reason, 'twas all for naught
My brother died him I would miss
I was alone - I'm Rhyme, you see
The girlie's name - it was Alice
She brought wonder - twas her and me
The Joyous Bread and Butterfly
By Ben R.
With wings of Whole Foods 365
A body made of wheat and rye
Which makes all children's bodies thrive
The joyous Bread and Butterfly
In drusty hollow tree trunk homes
The fearless Rocking Horsefly creeps
Where the amazing Brutai roams
And eats the Brutai while it sleeps
A head of Splenda makes him sweet
It makes children's stomachs grangley
But the sight of crust makes 'em flee
So the Brutai flys happily
The Brutai lives on Mighty Leaf
With a dollop of cream inside
Now do not have any nonbelief
Since the Brutai has lots of pride