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Favorite Things
Poetry

...a poem about three phases
of life that borrows its rhythm from Rodgers & Hammerstein

A song from The Sound of Music is inspiring student writers to try new techniques with the traits of idea development and word choice. Join us in teaching (and adapting) this on-line lesson and sharing your students' work.

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Student Samples: Upper Elementary

My Favorite Things
by Courtney, fourth grade poet

Tickle fights with Dad and laughing out loud,
Rainbows so pretty and a white puffy cloud,
Soaring through life like a bird on its wing,
These are a few of my favorite things!

Smell of warm cookies that pleasure my nose,
Palm trees in the breeze and the sand between my toes,
Hitting the ball in the outfield every time,
These are the things that I find so divine!

Flowers so pretty and swimming so fun,
Playing in the backyard in the warm summer sun,
Riding my bike through my nice neighborhood,
These are the things that make me feel so good!

When the lightning strikes,
And the coyotes howl,
When my sister cries,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And dream of the blue, blue skies!


My Favorite Things

by Olivia, fourth grade poet

Chocolate-chip cookies and strawberry smoothies,
Long hot summers and new funny movies,
Husbands and wives exchanging their rings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cuddly black puppies and soft newborn kittens,
Long red scarves and soft white mittens,
Tulips and daffodils that bloom in the spring,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Walking on beaches and reading good books,
Catching the football and getting a fish on my hook,
Winning the game with all four kings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the glass breaks,
When my head aches,
When I am feeling sick,
I simple remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad!

(Click here to print Courtney, Olivia, and three of their classmates' poems.)

My Favorite Things
by Ty, fifth grade poet

Toy trucks that move slow and Swiss cheese that melts fast,
Mean Power Rangers and a game, Frogger, I liked in the past,
Dogs I called Bubber and songs I used to sing,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Chocolate chip cookies and waterfalls smacking water,
Fuzzy fur and pumpkin pie that gets hotter,
Waiting for a whitetail and the sweet smell of hot wings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Friends who like me for who I am and a son that plays football,
A visit to China, even the Great Wall,
A healthy body, maybe be a very rich king,
These are a few of my favorite things.

When I break a bone,
When my mom cuts my hair,
When I am feeling sick,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.

 

My Favorite Things
by Haylee, fifth grade poet

Mud puddles, rain, and a Barbie kitchen,
A giant white bunny and stories, I listen.
My baby blanket made with white strings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

I love the delicious aroma of my gram's homemade chili,
The sight of a little wet kitten, it's silly.
I love the sweet taste of pumpkin pie rolls in the shape of rings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

A sweet loving family and a friend I can talk to,
A job that I'm good at and a life I can get through.
If it could happen, a car with wings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

When I get a bad grade,
When I am very sick,
When I fall down,
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad.

(Click here to open/print Ty, Haylee, and two of their classmates' poems.)


Student Samples: High School

My Favorite Things
by Nyasha, ninth grade poet

Walking my dogs and throwing my fits,
Making mud pies and playing with kids,
Living life without stresses and swinging on swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

The bounce of the ball and me growing tall,
Looking at fine guys and singing my corny lines,
Seeing crisp snow before it is spring,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Seeing him on one knee, unlocking our house with the key,
Watching his beautiful smile, and my dress and that ring,
My husband and I as the queen and the king,
These are a few of my favorite things.

When my phone gets lost,
When my family argues,
When my bipolar moments occur,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And a smile randomly appears.

 

My Favorite Things
by Yajaira, ninth grade poet

My blanky, my Bratz, and of course my Pollies,
Bright boxing gloves and skates sure did make me jolly,
Dressing up, pretending to have family gatherings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Music, music, music I love,
The smell of the rain that comes from above,
The necklaces, earrings, my big giant rings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Sitting and wondering where I will be,
Finishing school is what I do see,
Enjoying all that life tends to bring,
These are a few of my favorite things.

When a moth kills my sleep,
When someone irritates me,
When I am feeling super tired,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don’t feel so blue.

(Click here to open/print Nyasha and Yajaira's poems.)


 

My Favorite Things
by Stephanie, tenth grade poet

Arroz con leche, it tastes really great,
My wonderful family, which contains more than eight,
The sight of little kids swinging on swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

The touch of rose petals, the clinking of metals,
The sound of thunder, it makes me wonder,
The autumn leaves that Fall always brings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Living my life, becoming a wife,
Having children and even grandchildren,
Getting together at little gatherings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

When money is stolen,
When I lose my phone,
When I feel all alone,
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I eat an ice cream cone.

 

My Favorite Things
by Alissa, tenth grade poet

Cinderella slippers, pink princess dresses,
Getting all dirty and making messes,
Putting my Barbies' hair up in bows and in strings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Watching the sun rise as the quail are calling,
Buying new shoes, and going shopping,
As the rain falls, when the bird sings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Sushi on the pier, a stroll on the beach,
First and second grade, which I would love to teach,
A husband to hold and children to care for,
These are a few of my favorite things.

When my makeup runs,
When my car stalls,
When I break a nail,
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I smile.


(Click here to open/print Stephanie and Alissa's poems.)


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