I have been teaching Seniors about ballads from the Middle Ages. Write a traditional ballad. The topic can be modern or from the days of Old English. It doesn't have to be iambic pentameter, though that could be impressive. Some traditional elements you should aim for though are that:
1. Ballads often have sensational or tragic subject matter. The ones I have read recently are either historical/tragic (relating to issues of the time) or comedic/exaggerated. Go one of those routes.
2. Ballads use refrains.
3. Ballads leave out extra details. (As much as I love details, they are just not usually a part of the form)
4. Ballads often follow a question and answer format or dialogue.
5. Ballads are narrative.
I think I missed out the refrain but anyways here is my entry in the challenge. Below is a quick reference to the Aussie slang. If there is anything else you need clarification on just ask.
Waltzing Matilda Is picking up your swag and walking
Billabong A waterhole
Damper is a type of bread
Southern Cross A constellation in the stars
Billy- is a kettle
Fleecy nicking stealing sheep
A bushy a man/ woman who lives in the country