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Things I Love
Poems & Songs

exploring things you love in a
poem or in a song

A song by Tom T. Hall 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: Early Elementary

Things I Love
by Ben, second grade poet

I love building my Legos,
Petting my dog’s back,
Doing math problems,
And lamb.

I love skiing with my dad,
Eating fried chicken,
Vacations in Mexico,
And soccer.
And I love you too.

Things I Love
by Sayda, second grade poet

I love kiwi on a dish,
Playing with my friends,
Hot chocolate in a cup,
And Kaya.

I love adding up numbers,
Riding my scooter,
Swimming with my cousins,
And animals.
And I love you too.

(Click here to view/print Ben and Sadya's poems, along with poems by three of their classmates)


Student Samples: Upper Elementary

Things I Love
by Maddie, fifth grade poet

I love
I love a lot of thing, a whole lot of things
Like
The drippity droppity pitter patter of rain
Against the windowpane
I twirl with my umbrella and jump for joy
But honey, let me tell you that I LOVE a rainstorm, oh boy,
I love to dance in a rainstorm

And
I see a bright red apple and I want to take a bite
That crispy sweet sensation is bound to be just right
One bite is not enough; I’ve got to have some more
Honey, let me tell you that I LOVE that apple to the core
I love to eat an apple to the core.

And
Mom holds me close when I get scared and chases away the fright
I love the way she smells and looks when she goes out at night
Her homemade Mac and Cheese is just the very best
Honey, let me tell you that I LOVE my mom better than the rest
I love my mom better than the rest.

I love
I love a lot of things, a whole lot of things
And honey, I love you, too.

Things I Love
by Zade, fifth grade poet

I love
I love a lot of things, a whole lot of things
Like
My Legos, the most important thing to me
I break them and rebuild them, you can see
My military tankers are the best
But honey, let me tell you that I LOVE when my Legos pass the test
I love to build with my Legos the best.

And
My awesome video game is Call of Duty
World at War, I also love the beauty
Of the game I play
Honey, let me tell you that I LOVE to play that game any day
I love to play that video game.

And
The thing that means the most to me is football
Throwing and catching make me feel tall
I like the grip, I like the spin
Honey, let me tell you that I LOVE to play football and win
I love to win at football.

I love
I love a lot of things, a whole lot of things
And honey,
I love you, too.

(Click here to view/print Maddie and Zade's poems, along with poems by two of their classmates)


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