of the Oreo Cookie Monster” poem can go on and on and on and on (like this
sentence)…but the poem is a lot more fun to write than an endless list of “on
and ons.” It’s about a kid, like you and your buddies, who likes Oreo cookies
so much that he (or she) can’t stop sneaking them out of the cookie jar,
stuffing them into his mouth, hiding them from his friends, leaving a trail of
crumbs wherever he goes, and so forth (which means more of the same kind of
The rhythm for
this poem comes from the famous song, “On Top of Spaghetti,” which goes like
top of spaghetti,
covered with cheese.
lost my poor meatball,
this song would rhyme a lot better if there weren’t an “ed” on the end of sneezed
(so an alternate ending would be “when I heard you sneeze”). But before we
start writing, I invite you to check out the rhythm and rhyme pattern. Although
there are six syllables in the first and third lines and five syllables in the
second and fourth lines, if you clap as you sing, you’ll discover that there
are two beats in each line and an ABCB rhyme pattern (the last word in the
fourth line rhymes with the last word in the second line).
Now that you
have a tune to hum that gives you an easy rhythm and rhyme pattern, start
making a list of what might happen to the hero of this story who loves Oreos:
- He snacks on
Oreos when he hears the lunch bell.
- He eats Oreos
for lunch (maybe he trades the apple and the turkey sandwich his mom put
in his lunch box for Oreos).
- Then he eats
some more Oreos when he goes back to his classroom.
Here’s part of
the poem that goes with this storyline as written by me and Ms. Osterland’s and
Mrs. Cavanaugh’s 4th grade classes at Ashley Elementary in New Baltimore, Michigan:
love them so well.
eat three or four when
hear the lunch bell.
then in the lunchroom,
eat twenty more.
feeling so heavy,
crash through the floor.
back in the classroom,
teacher says, “Please,
I have a cookie?
I’ll give you ‘D’s.”
give her a cookie,
very last one.
teacher is happy,
I am her son.
You can start
here and keep writing, or start all over again. Maybe before getting on the
school bus, our hero raids Mom’s cookie jar. He gets on the school bus and all
his friends are begging him for cookies. Would you share your Oreos with the
kids on the bus? Neither would he. Take it from there.
2009 Bruce Lansky. Text reprinted by permission of the author. Permission is
given for individual school classes to use this lesson and to make as many
copies of the lesson as are needed for the students’ use. All other
reproduction is prohibited under penalty of law. For use outside individual
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