Each fortnight we will post a fun writing challenge for you to try as a family at home. This week we challenge you to write a lipogram about the picture of the elephant seal. You cannot use the letter i.

A lipogram refers to any text composed of words where the writer omits a certain letter. Lipo means “lacking; without,” and gram comes from gramma, meaning “letter.” Composing a lipogram can prompt the writer to go beyond using ordinary words.

For example, a lipogram omitting the letter i and describing the elephant seal could read:

The slothful and cantankerous elephant bull roared at the rookery of elephant seals. 

We would love to hear some of the lipograms you write at home! Please share your writing with your child’s class teacher and we look forward to showcasing some family creativity at our next assembly.