- Write out the words to the familiar song, with the syllables divided. Example:
Yankee Doodle went to town, riding on a pony
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Add your own words, matching a strong or weak syllable as was used in the original song.
Be sure to use rhyming words in the same positions as in the familiar song.
Here's an example of a song parody - to be sung to the tune of "I've Been Working on the Railroad" (thanks Olivia Frederich!)
First the sun heats up the water,
Then turns to vapor in the sky.
Next it cools and turns to liquid,
And now it's clouds up high.
The clouds condense and turn to rainfall,
Then groups in the oceans, streams, and land.
The water cycle keeps on going
As mother Earth demands.
Precipitation is when we see snow,
Collection is when water
Gathers on our Earth,
So we and the plants can grow.
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Rhythm and flow
No regard for rhythm and flow
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Mostly consistent rhythm and flow
Consistent rhythm and flow as original song
No adherence to the original rhyme scheme
Incorrect rhyme schemes
Incorrect rhyme scheme in at least one area
One or more close rhyme schemes
Exact rhyme scheme as associated with original song