"The Bus" Poetry Theater
 
A poem in twelve voices
 
Adapted from the poem by Robert Pottle in I’m Allergic to School, published by Meadowbrook Press

 

Adapted from the poem by Robert Pottle in I’m Allergic to School, published by Meadowbrook Press.

 

 

Summary: Kids misbehave on a school bus.

 

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.

 

Characters:

Narrator

Hank

Billy

Peter

Tasha

Paul

Steven

Kevin

Millicent

Katie

Ben

Jen

 


 

The Bus

 

 

Narrator:

 

Sixty kids and one adult—

you gotta love those odds.

The perfect place for pulling pranks

and throwing paper wads.

 

Hank:

 

Hank is standing on his head.

 

Billy:

 

Billy’s playing ball.

 

Peter (looking embarrassed):

 

Peter wet his pants again.

 

Tasha and Paul (together):

 

Tasha pushes Paul.

 

Steven:

 

Steven steals.

 

Kevin:

 

Kevin cries.

 

Millicent:

 

Millicent is missing.

 

Katie:

 

Katie punched her cousin Keith.

 

Ben and Jen (together):

 

Ben and Jen are kissing.

 

Narrator:

 

Me, I’m taking lots of notes

on public transportation.

I 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 classes, please contact info@meadowbrookpress.com for permission.

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“I’m Allergic to School”