"Turn Off the TV"

Picture of My Dog Ate My Homework!

Poetry Theater adapted from the poem by Bruce Lansky in My Dog Ate My Homework.

Summary: A child debates watching TV with his parents.

Presentation Suggestions: Have the students read or perform the poem in front of the class.

Props: A TV would be a great prop but if one is not available the poem can be performed without it.

Delivery: The lines of the poem need to be read with poetic rhythm. For more information, please read the Performing Poetry section at our Poetry Teachers site.

Characters:
Child
Mom
Dad


Turn Off the TV!

Child:

My father gets quite mad at me;
my mother gets upset--
when they catch me watching
our new television set.

Dad (yelling):

Turn that thing off!

Mom:

It's time to study.

Dad:

I'd rather watch my favorite TV show
with my best buddy.
I sneak down after homework
and turn the set on low.
But when she sees me watching it,
my mother yells out . . .

Mom (yelling):

No!

Dad:

If you don't turn it off,
I'll hang it from a tree!

Child:

I rather doubt he'll do it,
'cause he watches more than me.
He watches sports all weekend,
and weekday evenings too,
while munching chips and pretzels--
the room looks like a zoo.
So if he ever got the nerve
to hang it from a tree,
he'd spend a lot of time up there--
watching it with me.

© Bruce Lansky. Adapted from the poem "Turn Off the TV" from My Dog Ate My Homework, published by Meadowbrook Press.

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