One bright day as I was fishing
by a brook
A medium size catfish came to
It nibbled and nibbled and took
away my bait
So then I had another long wait.
It nibbled and nibbled and it
nibbled some more
It nibbled and nibbled ‘til
half past four.
Now this fishing had become quite
And the sun began to set on the
little brook’s shore.
And as the sky grew dark, dark,
I heard the cry of a little lost
And it was then that I knew
I wanted to go home and see you.
Extension: The fishing pole actually has
nothing to do with this poem at all except to grab the interest of the students. I would use this poem as a lead in
to and honesty and friendship. Why? Tell the students that this poem was written by a little girl in sixth grade.
She worked very hard on the poem and turned in to her teacher with pride. The teacher had his favorite student organize
the papers for him. It just so happened that the girl organizing the papers did not have her poem. She decided
that she liked "Fishing" and copied it for her own and turned it in with her name on it. The unfortunate part of
this story is, the teacher believed the girl organizing the papers was the author. The actual author of the poem
was very upset by the events that had unfolded and found her older sister. The older sister went to the teacher to discuss
the situation and was able to get to the truth. In the end everything turned out OK, and the teacher apologized to the
author of the poem, but it was not without causing a lasting impact on the her.
Discuss the importance of being honest. Ask the students
how they think the little girl that wrote the poem felt.
Have the students think of an event in their lives that they feel
is very important and write a poem about it. Discuss the fact that this poem was written by a child, and children really
can write poetry. Have them experiment with various formats to find their preferred choice to use.
Module 6: Poetry Book Review