Thursday, November 13, 2008

Rock 'N' Roll Band

This is a fantastic poem to use for choral reading. When I taught elementary school, my students loved to wear wigs and tie die T-shirts and perform "Rock 'N' Roll Band" for their classmates. This poem is from Poems That Sing to You by Michael R. Strickland. Altough it was published by Boyd's Mill Press in 1993, it's still available through Amazon.


Poems That Sing to You is filled with great poems to teach poetic elements like Karla Kuskin's "Lewis Has a Trumpet." This is poem is so much fun to read aloud. It actually sounds like a trumpet when you read it. This collection would be a valued addition to any reading/language arts teacher's library.

ROCK 'N' ROLL BAND
If we were a rock 'n' roll band,
We'd travel all over the land.
We'd play and we'd sing and wear spangly things.
If we were a rock 'n' roll band.

If we were a rock 'n' roll band,
And we were up there on the stand,
The people would here us and love us and cheer us.
Hurray for that rock 'n' roll band.

If we were a rock 'n' roll band,
Then we'd have a million fans.
We'd giggle and laugh and sign autographs,
If we were a rock 'n' roll band.

If we were a rock 'n' roll band.
The people would all kiss our hands.
We'd be millionaires and have extra long hair,
If we were a rock 'n' roll band.


You can read the rest here.
This page has several of Silverstein's poems so you'll need to scroll down to the third poem.

4 comments:

  1. Awesome! My son will love this one:) He always wants to play "Rock Band" and make up crazy songs.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. It's a great poem to perform. Each time I read it, I can't get the words out of my head for days! Silverstein was a gem of a poet!

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  3. This does look like a fun one to read aloud -- or should I say chant? Love it.

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  4. This sounds fun. I bet kids love it! I will have to share it with my daughter.

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