- Step 1: Listen for examples Listen for examples of rhyme in poems and popular songs.
- TIP: Rhymes beginning with different consonants – or a vowel and a consonant – are preferred. Two words with the same sound but different spellings and meanings such as "pail" and "pale" are considered weak rhymes.
- Step 2: Find complete words that rhyme Find words whose sound duplicates the sound in a second word, for example, "make" and "cake."
- TIP: Consult a rhyming dictionary if you get stuck. Rhyming dictionaries are available both as published books and as free web-based applications.
- Step 3: Find words and last syllables that rhyme Find words that have the same sounds as the last syllables of other words, for example, "make" and "awake."
- Step 4: Find words with two last syllables that rhyme Find words whose last syllables have the same sound as the last syllable of a second word, for example, "forsake" and "awake."
- FACT: Collections of nursery rhymes began to appear in the 18th century when teaching morality to children became a major social concern.
You Will Need
- Popular songs
- Rhyming schemes
- A rhyming dictionary (optional)