In the zone

Hello dear worshippers.. I’m kidding. Hello everyone!

Recently, I came across this sweet little website while working with my students : RhymeZone.com.

Upon seeing it, I couldn’t help but think ”For the love of chubby birds, this would have made text-writing so much easier when I was younger…” Oh, I hear you already:

RHYME ZONE? WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU WANT EVERYTHING IN YOUR TEXTS TO RHYME? WHAT, YOU’RE GONNA WRITE AN ENTIRE ESSAY THAT RHYMES? GET OUT OF HERE. NOT EVERYTHING IS MEANT TO SOUND LIKE A POEM.

Naturally, most people associate rhymes with poems.

POEMS ARE BORING.

Well, as explained on the website, RhymeZone can be used for more than writing poems (I’ll get to that later). Of course, the website’s first and main tool is the rhyme finder. It’s actually much more awesome than you’d think. I mean, seriously, what’s nice about it is that it gives you many options for one word. Let’s say you enter the word ”parrot” and select the ”find rhymes” option. Well this baby gives you not only 1 syllable words, but 2 and 3, even 4, 5, 6 syllable words, depending on what you need. Hell, say you’re writing a sonnet and one of your lines is 3 syllable short. Well, just look under the ”3 syllables” heading. I’d pick ”beauty spot” and write ”The parrot’s beauty spot gives me deep food for thought”…

WHAT THE HELL IS THIS? POETRY FOR DUMMIES?

Okay, I’m not exactly a poet but I think you get the point. I think it makes things a lot quicker and easier than having to sit down and think ”Okay… What rhymes with ”sky” and goes along with what I want to say?”. Reality is, we’re not walking rhyme dictionaries. That is one of the reasons while a lot of students hate to write poems. It’s a pain.

Let’s explore another possibility: songwriting. Here’s another option that’s not just for professional artists. Looking at the ”Rhymezone” topic on Fawm.org, a forum in which song writers share resources for songwriting, I found out that all kinds of people use Rhymezone to express themselves.

OKAY. SO IT’S NOT ALL FANCY, BORING LANGUAGE FOR POETIC NERDS?

Thank God, it’s not all fancy language for Frost wannabe’s. What’s pretty freaking sweet is that, as explained on the wonderful Wikihow.com, there are even colour codes for different levels of language. Prefer basic language? Common word are in bold blue, baby. Looking for deep, Beaudelaire-in-the-middle-of-the-desert type of words? They’re in grey. Just looking for general other options? The color’s light blue, honey.

I AM ONLY EXPERIENCING REGULAR EYE BLEEDING. PLEASE, CONTINUE.

Back to original topic. I love to inspire students’ creativity. A lot of them are really in touch with music and constantly use it to express themselves. Why not have them write a song on a topic that’s relevant to the unit they’re working on in class? Have them write a song against bullying (an unfortunate reality for many high school students), or mental illness awareness, anything that gets them to think… or have fun! Hey why not have them write a freaky rock song as Halloween approaches? Pretty much anything’s possible.

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO WITH IT ALREADY?

Really, it’s like the world’s greatest dictionary!

Nothing rhymes with ”orange”? Use the ”Find near rhymes” option! (Hey, it’s better than nothing!)

Struggling to make your writing more varied? Use the ”Find synonyms” option!

Not sure what’s the opposite of a word? Use the ”Find antonyms” option!

Not sure if the word you used in your essay really reflects what you want to say? Use the ”Find definition” option!

Not sure if the definition you wrote in your essay really represents the concept you summarized? Use the ”Appears in definition of” option!

CAN I GET FRIES WITH THAT?

No, but you can find homophones, quotations, related words… They’re not nearly as tasty as fries but it sounds to me like there’s a tool that could make student writing, whether it’s essays, poem or songs, as well as teacher writing much easier and creative.

PRETTY SWEET.

Definitely.

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