Adapted from the poem by Bruce Lansky in My Dog Ate My Homework! published by Meadowbrook Press.
Summary: A child causes trouble at home with his violin
Suggestions: Have the students
read or perform the poem in front of the class. Have the students act out the
different lines while they read them.
Props: A wallet would be a great prop. If this is not
available, the poem can be performed without props.
Delivery: The lines of the poem need to be read with poetic
rhythm. For more information on poetic rhythm and how to perform poetry in
classroom, please read the Performing
Poetry section under the Teacher’s Resources.
My mom brought home a
so I could learn to play.
She told me if I practiced
I’d play it well someday.
Without a single lesson,
I tried to play a song.
My fiddle squeaked,
my fiddle squawked.
The notes came out all
My little brother fled the
Mom covered up her ears.
My puppy dog began to
(Lets out a howl)
My sister was in tears.
My dad pulled out his
He handed me a ten.
He made me swear I’d never
that violin again.
© 2003 by Bruce Lansky. Adapted from the poem in My
Dog Ate My Homework! published by Meadowbrook Press. This classroom
theater play version of “My Violin” is © 2008 by Meadowbrook Press.
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