Adapted from the poem by Robert Pottle in I’m Allergic to School, published by Meadowbrook Press.
Summary: Kids misbehave on a
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. (Be
aware that your students may not be able to act out some of the lines, like Ben
and Jen kissing or Hank standing on his head.)
Props: A row of student chairs
representing the seats on a bus. Any other props are optional.
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.
kids and one adult—
you gotta love those odds.
perfect place for pulling pranks
and throwing paper wads.
is standing on his head.
Peter (looking embarrassed):
wet his pants again.
Tasha and Paul (together):
Tasha pushes Paul.
punched her cousin Keith.
Ben and Jen (together):
and Jen are kissing.
I’m taking lots of notes
on public transportation.
think the bus provides me with
the finest education.
© 2006 by Robert
Pottle. Adapted from the poem in I'm
Allergic to School, published by Meadowbrook Press. This
classroom theater play version of “The Bus” 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
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