"My Noisy Brother" Poetry Theater
 
A poem in two voices
 
“My Noisy Brother” Poetry Theater

Adapted from the poem by Bruce Lansky in My Dog Ate My Homework! published by Meadowbrook Press.

 

Summary: A child describes all the annoying noises his brother makes.

 

Presentation 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 bowl or cup would be a great prop. If these are 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.

 

Characters:

Narrator

Brother

 


 

My Noisy Brother

 

Narrator:

 

My brother’s such a noisy kid,

when he eats soup he slurps.

 

Brother:

 

(Slurps)

 

Narrator:

 

When he drinks milk he gargles.

And after meals he burps.

 

Brother:

 

(Pretends to burp)

 

Narrator:

 

He cracks his knuckles when he’s bored.

 

Brother:

 

(Cracks knuckles)

 

Narrator:

 

He whistles when he walks.

 

Brother:

 

(Whistles)

 

Narrator:

 

He snaps his fingers when he sings,

 

Brother:

 

(Snaps his fingers while singing) La la la!

 

Narrator:

 

and when he’s mad he squawks.

 

Brother (angrily):

 

Squawk!

 

Narrator:

 

At night my brother snores so loud

it sounds just like a riot.

 

Brother:

 

(Snores loudly)

 

Narrator:

 

Even when he sleeps

my noisy brother isn’t quiet.

 

© 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 Noisy Brother” is © 2008 by Meadowbrook Press.

Permission is given for individual school classes to perform this play and to make as many copies of the play as are needed for the students’ use. All other reproduction and performance is prohibited under penalty of law. For use of this play outside individual classes, please contact info@meadowbrookpress.com for permission.

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