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The Study of Poetry and Literature for Children & Young Adults

Poetry Module 3: Poetry Performance

Poetry Break #1: A Poem with a refrain or chorus

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Introduction: This fun poem about fishing will be enjoyed by an enthusiastic class of children aged fifth grade and under. Especially effective in late spring during field trip time and the children's fishing competitions have begun.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Shad Song
By Lillian Morrison
 
I got shad.
Ain't you glad?
 
I got shad.
So don't get mad.
 
I got shad.
Go tell your dad.
It's the best old shad
He ever had.
 
I got shad.
Caught 'em in the sun.
 
I got shad.
I caught 'em just for fun.
So if you ain't got no money,
You can't get none.
 
I got shad.
Ain't you glad.
 
I got shad.
Tell your great-granddad.
It's the best old shad
He ever had.
 
 
Poetry Extension: Use with a grade school class on a day when they are restless. Read once through and then read a second time with the children chiming in loudly on the refrain which is shown in bold type.
 
This can be accompanied by a field trip to a fish hatchery (I still remember taking a trip to one when I was in 4th grade and thoroughly enjoying it. I liked the glimmer of the rainbow trout).
 
After returning from the hatchery, children can write their own poem that contains a refrain using their favorite fish or sea animal as a subject. A trip to the library to research different sea creatures might be helpful.
 
Morrison, Lillian. 1997. I scream, you scream: a feast of food rhymes. Ill. by Nancy Dunaway. Little Rock, Arkansas: August House Little Folk. ISBN 0874838953

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Module 3: Poetry Break #2