You are going to be using rhyme scheme and other musical devices in order to "fracture" a nursery rhyme. You may have heard of fractured fairy tales, tales in which different pieces of an original fairy tale are changed in order to provide new insights. Fracturing a nursery rhyme has the same idea behind it except it is done with a nursery rhyme.
In order to give your nursery rhyme the most oomph, you will be using irony. (Irony, in its general sense, is a reversal of expectations.) In order to achieve irony, you will be doing what Blake did in "A Poison Tree." You will use a child-like, nursery rhyme scheme in order to convey a more grown-up or serious message via your nursery rhyme.
- Children's Nursery Rhymes--This is a resource bank of original nursery rhymes. This site is a good place to start in case you have no idea what nursery rhyme you would choose.
- How to Write a Fractured Nursery Rhyme-- This site gives directions on how to fracture a nursery rhyme in the easiest way possible. If you aren't sure what to change, I would think about starting here. Keep in mind that the site is written for younger students and that I expect you--unlike some of their examples--to create the irony that I mentioned above.
- One-Minute Writer--This particular post discusses rewriting a nursery rhyme. Not all of the examples are all that ironic as your final should be. However, there exemplar is a good example of irony. (Your version should be longer since you have most of class to write.)