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Melissa Morales

on 28 May 2014

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Transcript of Riddles

The History of Riddles
Types of Riddles
Create situations which inspire the reader to think extensively about the subject in order to discover the solution.

Riddles whose answer is or involves a pun.
Why Teach Riddles?
Reading Comprehension
Problem Solving
Critical Thinking
Synonyms of Riddles
Brain Teaser

By: Melissa Morales Vazquez

*Riddles date back to the fifth century, when the English language was in its early Anglo-Saxon form.

*In ancient Greece, riddles were used as a cunning tool, to demonstrate wit and wisdom.

*Examples of early riddles can be found in Greek Mythology.

Definition of Riddle
A riddle is a statement, question, or phrase that has a double meaning.
I consume my mother that bare me, I eat up my nurse that fed me, then I die, leaving them all blind that saw me.
Learning Outcomes
Students learn how to manipulate language and understand that words can have multiple meanings.

Students learn to recognize and use ambiguous language and literary devices.
Riddle Books
Ambiguous Language
Lexical Riddles
Structural Riddles
Do you have any fans at home?
Why did the student bring a king to school?
Ambiguous Language
How do you stop a skunk from smelling?
How is a duck like an icicle?
Instructional Resources

YouTUBE Videos
Have students write riddles for their vocabulary words. Randomly, post the riddles on the backs of students. Have students pair up. Student A reads the riddle while student B guesses the vocabulary word. If the student B solves the riddle they get the card on their back and sit down. The goal is to be the first person to guess the riddle and sit down.
Unscramble the Riddle
Write the riddle on note cards. Have students use the words to create complete sentences. Then have students find the answer to their riddle.
What am I?
This riddle writing activity could be used across content areas. Students can choose a topic and describe it. The last time would include the answer to the riddle.
Works Cited
Yee, I. T. (2011, June 30). The University of Hong Kong. Retrieved May 20, 2014, from The HKU Scholars Hub:


Zipke, M. (2008, October). Teaching Metalinguistic Awareness and Reading Comprehension with Riddles.

Retrieved May 20, 2014, from Reading Rockets: http://www.readingrockets.org/article/28315

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