Had Had Challenge

<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Below is an example of a word used eleven times consecutively and yet still making sense. Jack, where Jill had had "had," had had "had had." "Had had" had had the teacher's approval. Present it to your students and then: 1. Challenge your students to find a word which they can use twice consecutively. The word must be spelled the same but not necessarily have the same meaning. This is relatively easy as there are literally thousands of common examples (for teacher eyes only), such as: The farmers produce produce for the local market. Will the dam dam all the river's flow? Will the salmon run run all month long? Is an orange orange all the time? For younger students you might actually give them one or all of the words "produce/dam/run/orange" to start them out and then have them seek their own "repeater" word. Some will discover that the exercise is quite simple when their word is the last word in one sentence and the first word in another, such as: Her hat was yellow. Yellow flowers were sticking out of it. The house was built of stones. Stones also lined the driveway. Student poems were shared. Shared stories were enjoyed also. Becky loved to ride her bicycle. Bicycle trails were all over town. 2. Then challenge your students to find a word which can be used three times consecutively. Much more difficult and a challenge for most, though there are many examples. Make it a homework or weekend assignment as it is likely to take them some time. Definitely allow/encourage them to use a dictionary. This can really be a fun assignment for students. I'll leave it to you to determine why it has some real academic merit.