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.
Turn Off the TV!
- My father gets quite mad at me;
- my mother gets upset--
- when they catch me watching
- our new television set.
- Turn that thing off!
- It's time to study.
- 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 . . .
- If you don't turn it off,
- I'll hang it from a tree!
- 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.