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Module 3: Poetry Break 15

A Poem That Can Be Sung - One That Is Not Already Song Lyrics
 
 

Introduction: Bruce Lansky is a favorite poet among children.  His poem "Class Dismissed" indicates some of the things that all children would love to do as summer approaches.  As the students eagerly await summer, ask them some of the "silly" things they would like to do to the school if they could.  Jot their ideas down on the board and then read the poem "Class Dismissed" to them.
 
"Class Dismissed" by Bruce Lansky
Sung to the tune of: "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"
 
We have broken all the blackboards
so the teachers cannot write.
We have painted all the toilets black
and all the lockers white.
 
We have torn up all the math books
and we've locked the school's front door.
There won't be school no more.
 
Glory, glory hallelujah!
School is closed now, what's it to ya?
There won't be no more homework
and there won't be no more tests.
There won't be school no more.
 
Taken From:
 
Lansky, Bruce. 1997. NO MORE HOMEWORK! NO MORE TESTS!
     KIDS FAVORITE FUNNY SCHOOL POEMS. Illustrated by:
     Stephen Carpenter. New York: Meadowbrook Press.
     ISBN: 0881662909.
 
Extension: Read the poem several times together with the children.  Write the words on chart paper for them to see.  Tell them that this poem can be put into the tune of a song, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."  Sing the poem for them and then have them sing it.  After students have practiced several times, they could perform it for other classes or over the announcements on the last day of school.
 
Students could compare their list of "silly" things to do to the school with that of Bruce Lansky's.  Were any of their ideas the same or were they all original?  Maybe they could try writing their own "Class Dismissed" poem.  The subject matter is perfect for all of those little ones just itching for summer vacation.
 
 

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