Children's Poetry - A Serious Talk

Children's Poetry - A Serious Talk
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Start your classroom's day with a humorous and surprising poem perfect for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. Whether read for pure fun or used to teach first person perspective, vocabulary, and rhythm and rhyme, Mark Weakland's A Serious Talk from My Parents is sure to entertain both students and teachers.

Children can read the poem independently, with a buddy, during morning warm-ups, or as part of a poetry unit. Poetry is also perfect for April, National Poetry month! As a teacher, you can read it during break time, as part of a formal reading or writing lesson, or to end the day. Because it's first person, the poem is just right for dramatic readings and Reader's Theater. Other poems in this select series incorporate onomatopoeia, puns and word play, punch lines, alliteration, and figurative language.

This poem is one of 34 humorous poems collected in Mark Weakland's book, The Delicious Chocolate Donut (And Other Off-Kilter Poems). Inspired by Prelutsky, Silverstein, and Roald Dahl, the collection is a look at the world through a child's eyes. A disappearing chocolate donut, a leaping lunch bag, spilled spaghetti, klutzy kids, a plethora of pancakes - you can find them in the complete collection available on
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