Friday, September 16, 2011

A Poem for the Beginning of School - who we are

          I love using the following poem with my older students.  It can lift them another level in poetry, showing what is possible with some wonderful word work.  And it is marvelous for discussions about identity.  I have used it often at the beginning of the school year.

            Maybe Dats Your Pwoblem Too 
                                             by James Hall
           All my pwoblems
           who knows, maybe evwybody's pwoblems
            is due to da fact, due to da awful twuth

                 Read the rest of the poem here, and hear James Hall talk about the poem here.  And be sure to go to The Poem Farm to see the other poetry Friday posts.


  1. I love this poem! Thank you so much for sharing's a completely new one to me, and it made me feel so sorry for Spiderman, opening up a new way to think about everyone we think "has it made." I'll definitely be sharing this poem with upper grade readers, and I look forward to reading more of your recommendations. Thank you for joining in on Poetry Friday! A.

  2. Aww! I love this poem! Made me smile today. It kind of reminded me of Frank Muir's The Three Little Pigs with the Big Bad Wolfie who has the most beautiful lisp ever - such a tewwwifying wolf indeed. Thank you for sharing this poem.


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