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A Picture Book-inspired Poetry and Writer's Notebook Lesson
Focus Trait: SENTENCE FLUENCY Support Trait: IDEA DEVELOPMENT

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Welcome to This Lesson:

Parody Poems

a November/December poetry contest sponsored by WritingFix and the NNWP

This lesson was built for WritingFix after being presented at the NNWP's 2004 Piňon Poetry Festival. In 2010, it was revised to feature a Writer's Notebook pre-writing feature.

The mentor text:

Science Verse in a hysterical collection of song and poem parodies, all focused on scientific topics. The great Jon Scieszka strikes again!

A Student-Poetry Contest for November & December! WritingFix is hosting a Parody Poetry Contest for any K-12 writing that was created based on this on-line lesson. If a teacher uses this mentor text and adapts this lesson's big ideas to inspire students to compose (and revise!) parody poems, then we want to see the class's best student samples! Teachers must submit student poems before midnight on December 15 to have them eligible for this year's contest. Winners will be announced in January!

This posting page is where you may submit your entries for this contest.

Winning student poems will be published at WritingFix, and the teachers who submitted them will each win a complimentary copy of any of the NNWP's Print Guides (including the out of print ones!).


This is a writer's notebook-friendly lesson! The 2010-11 school year was our "Year of Writer's Notebooks." We revised lessons--like this one you're currently reading--to showcase how a teacher could model using his or her own notebook as a place to "capture and hold " future writing topics. Click on the image at left to see a full-page, printable version of the writer's notebook page inspired by this newly revised lesson. You can visit WritingFix's Writer's Notebook Resources Homepage to access more lessons and prompts revised to inspire effective modeling of writer's notebooks for our student writers.

Four-Sentence Overview of this Lesson:

After comparing several of Jon Scieszka's parody poems from Science Verse with the original poems that inspired them, students will plan their own poetry parodies.  To practice this type of poetry, the class will first create a parody of "T'was the Night Before Christmas" called "T'was the Day of Thanksgiving." With a class example in place, students will then independently choose a famous poem with an identifiable rhythm and create a parody of that poem on any topic. Students may enter their original parody poems in our annual contest by having their teachers submit them online. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.


6-Trait Overview for this Lesson:

The focus trait in this writing assignment is sentence fluency; fitting original words into a well-known poem's rhythm scheme is a great way to experiment with complex sentences that have a "flow" to them.  The support trait in this assignment is idea development; this lesson encourages students to develop poem topics in unique ways.


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