A Picture Book-inspired Poetry and Writer's Notebook Lesson
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Song Parodies
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a November/December poetry contest sponsored by WritingFix and the NNWP

This lesson was built at 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:

Take Me Out of the Bathtub and its sequel, I'm Still Here in the Bathtub, will quickly became favorite books among your students. Both books feature song parodies that your students will love to sing!

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 celebrating (and singing) some of the delightful songs from Alan Katz's Take Me out of the Bathtub and possibly even listening to songs by Weird Al Yankovic, like Eat It, student writers will discuss the concept of parody. To practice writing a song parody, the class will create a parody song or two about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. With a whole-class song parody created, students can be challenged to take a familiar "campfire song" and write a parody of it based on a school topic. Students may enter their original parody song about school 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 song'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/song topics in unique ways.


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