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Poems vs. Lyrics

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A song by Kelly Clarkson (and other artists, as well as three poets) is inspiring student writers to try new techniques with the traits of word choice and idea development. Your students can self-publish their writing to this lesson here.

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Student Samples: Elementary


A Poem and a Lyric
by David, fifth grade writer

(poem inspired by Shel Silverstein’s Early Bird)

Oh, if you’re a shark, be an early shark
And catch a fish for your breakfast plate.
If you’re a shark, be an early shark –
But if you’re a fish sleep late!

(lyric inspired by Bobby Darin’s Splish Splash)

Whoosh, whoosh, I was in the cold wind
Long about a Sunday night.
Brrr, brrr, just freezin’ in the wind,
I was thinking nothin’ was goin’ right.
Wel, I stepped in the house, sat myself on the couch,
I wrapped the blanket round me then I went in to my room and then I, whoops!
Whoosh, whoosh, I went back on the couch
Well, how was I to know there was a fan that was on?

I was a whooshin’ and a whooshin’
Freezin’ in the season, not movin’ just groovin’
Rockin’ and a rollin’!

A Poem and a Lyric
by Lauren, fifth grade writer

(poem inspired by Robert Frost's Fire and Ice)

Some say the world will perish in chaos,
Some say in order.
From what I’ve learned of science,
I agree with those who are in favor of chaos,
But if it had to end twice,
I think I know enough of disaster
To say that for ceasing to exist, order
Is also amazingly useful
And would be excellent.

(lyric inspired by Taylor Swift’s Picture to Burn)

To state the apparent,
The world isn’t a perfect dream.
I’ve realized that it’s crueler
Than I ever thought it’d be.


Student Samples: High School

A poem and a lyric
by Megan, tenth grade writer

(poem inspired by Robert Frost's Fire and Ice)

The sun shines bright during the day,
The stars, at night.
The sun sits in such a way
That the whole world enjoys its ray.
But when there is no longer light,
The bright rays of the day gone,
The sun sets and gives way to night.
New lights are on:
Moon, stars shine bright

(lyric inspired by Somewhere Over the Rainbow)

Somewhere beyond the clouds in the sky,
There's a place I know I can reach
If I only try.

Somewhere beyond the clouds dreams are real
And happiness is the only feeling
That I feel.

A poem and a lyric
by Mariah, tenth grade writer

(poem inspired by Robert Frost's Fire and Ice)

Some say the grass is
Greener on the other side.
Some say it's not.
From what I've experienced
I agree with those who don't agree,
But if I had to think twice,
I think think I've experienced and learned
Enough of it to say
That the grass is greener on the other side
Is also right
And could be enough.

(lyric inspired by Stop It by The Almost )

Everytime that I'm with you
I can't help but look back
You're the one who keeps me
Calm and collected.
I might not be perfect
And sometimes I might be
A little out of control,
But I'm willing to change
And hopefully you'll see
My sincerity and that I'm trying.

A poem and a lyric
by Haley, tenth grade writer

(poem inspired by Robert Frost's Fire and Ice)

Some say love is hard to find.
Some say it's not.
From what I've thought in my mind
I've seen that it is hard to find,
But once I find that love is true
I will think all anew
To say that love is here today.
Believe it today.

(lyric inspired by Anyway by Martina Mcbride )

Everyday you dream of sleeping.
School ends your wishing.
It just blows it all away.
Sleep anyway.


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