Adapted from the poem
by Bruce Lansky in
If Pigs Could Fly… And Other Deep Thoughts, published by
Summary: A remote control flips
through several TV stations.
Presentation Suggestions: Have the students read or perform the poem in front of the
Props: A remote control would
make a great prop. If this is not available, the poem can be performed without
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.
Out of Control
News Anchor 1:
president will come to town...”
News Anchor 2:
price of gas is coming down...”
love you till the end of time...”
shooting ducks should be a crime...”
never had a better sale...”
have to break them out of jail...”
News Anchor 3:
Pope arrived to lead the prayers...”
News Anchor 4:
Dallas Cowboys beat the Bears...”
temperature is three below...”
vitamins will help you grow...”
going on? Well, bless my soul!
got the remote control.
© 2000 by Bruce
Lansky. Adapted from the poem in If Pigs Could Fly... And Other Deep Thoughts published
by Meadowbrook Press. This classroom theater play version of “Out of Control”
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 email@example.com for permission.
Click on the book
below for more information about
“If Pigs Could Fly…
And Other Deep Thoughts”