In teaching the Articles of Confederation, I teach it to students as the story of the old woman who lived in the shoe. All the power was in the hands of the states (children) and the central government (the Old Woman) was weak and powerless. I dress up as an old woman when I teach this lesson and I read this poem to get students to realize the similarities between The Old Woman Who Lived in the Shoe and the Articles of Confederation.
This version of The Old Woman Who Lived in the Shoe is especially written to create some parallels between the story of the Old Woman and the Articles of Confederation. These include themes such as taxation policies and in-fighting between the early states.