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Rhythm Reading – Learn to Read Basic Rhythms

Grade 6
Jun 8, 2023

Rhythm Reading

  • Stress –It is the degree of emphasis given to a specific syllable of the word through loud/intense sound or by making it sound lengthy.
  • Rhythm –It is the movement of speech which is marked by stress, timing and quantity of syllables
  • Rhythm in the English language is stress-timed. The speaker alternates between stressed and unstressed syllables. The stressed syllables in the sentence create beats.
  • Beats are evenly spaced even if there are more unstressed syllables in between the stressed syllables.
  • The speaker speaks faster-unstressed syllables or shortens them to ensure the time between one stressed syllable and the next stressed syllable is approximately the same.


  • The GIRLS will be PLAYing GAMES
  • Words are stressed based on their type. It helps to maintain the rhythm
  • Content words-Stressed; content words convey the main meaning
  • Function words – Weaker and shorter; not stressed

content word

function word

Examples of Rhythm in Sentences (Stressed Words and Stressed Syllables Marked)

  • WHERE are you GOing toDAY after WORK?
  • I WANT my SISter to WIN.
  • I HAVE to GO to the DEN
  • I’d LIKE you to JOIN me for LUN
  • I’ll WALK to the SHOP NOW.

Rhythm in Poetry

  • The rhythmic pattern of the stressed and unstressed syllables is defined as metre. Some of the common patterns are as follows:
  • Iamb: unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. Example da-DUM
  • Trochee: stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable. Example DUM-da
  • Dactyl: stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables. Example DUM-da-da
  • Spondee: stressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. Example DUM DUMAnapaest: Two unstressed syllables followed by a stressed syllable. Example –da-da-DUM
  • Poetic rhythms/patterns are measured in metrical feet. The type of meter is determined by the number of feet in a line.
  • Dimeter – contains two metrical feet
  • Trimeter – contains three metrical feet
  • Tetrameter -contains four metrical feet
  • Pentameter- contains five metrical feet
  • Hexameter – contains six metrical feet

Example of meter -Iambic Pentameter – One line contains five (penta means five) iambs i.e., five feet of iamb pattern (da-DUM).



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