“Cowboy Up” is a collection of original poems I wrote while teaching a second grade unit on Colorado’s history designed to coincide with Denver’s annual mid-winter Stock Show where present-day cowboys rub shoulders with the ghosts of cowboys past. They are meant to provide information about cowboy culture, past and present, while providing students with a fun, real-world purpose for reading. I also used them to teach students poetry writing skills. I present them in Power Point format to include illustrations as well as make reading them even more enjoyable. Permission is granted to reproduce the poems on chart paper or to make copies that can be placed in a student’s poetry or language arts folder.