"My Doggy Ate My Homework" Poetry Theater
A poem in two voices

Adapted from the poem by Dave Crawley in If Kids Ruled the School, published by Meadowbrook Press.

Summary: A student tells his teacher that his dog cooked and ate his homework.

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: This 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 Doggy Ate My Homework


    “My doggy ate my homework.
    He chewed it up,” I said.
    But when I offered my excuse
    My teacher shook her head.

    I saw this wasn’t going well.
    I didn’t want to fail.
    Before she had a chance to talk,
    I added to the tale:

    “Before he ate, he took my work
    And tossed it in a pot.
    He simmered it with succotash
    Till it was piping hot.

    “He scrambled up my science notes
    With eggs and bacon strips,
    Along with sautéed spelling words
    And baked potato chips.

    “He then took my arithmetic
    And had it gently fried.
    He broiled both my book reports
    With pickles on the side.

    “He wore a doggy apron
    As he cooked a notebook stew.
    He barked when I objected.
    There was nothing I could do.”


    “Did he wear a doggy chef hat?”


    My teacher gave a scowl.
    “He did,” I said. “And taking it
    Would only make him growl.”

    My teacher frowned, but then I said
    As quickly as I could,
    “He covered it with ketchup,
    And he said it tasted good.”


    “A talking dog who likes to cook?”


    My teacher had a fit.
    She sent me to the office,
    And that is where I sit.

    I guess I made a big mistake
    In telling her all that.
    ‘Cause I don’t have a doggy.
    It was eaten by my cat.



© 2004 by Dave Crawley. Adapted from the poem in If Kids Ruled the School, published by Meadowbrook Press. This classroom theater play version of “My Doggy Ate My Homework” is © 2005 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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