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Song Parodies
about School

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

Student Writer Instructions:

Today, you'll be writing a song parody.  A parody intelligently makes fun of a topic, but it does so in a way that is respectful of the topic

Look at the famous parody at right.  It is a parody of the song known by all United States Marines.

There are plenty of other famous songs out there that deserve to be parodied.

Today you'll be taking a song that you know and can sing (think of campfire songs, like Home on the Range), and you'll be writing new lyrics for that song. 

Your song parody will be about any topic, but if your stuck for topic ideas, you might choose a topic you know well: school. The button below will give you some interesting school-related topics to consider for this assignment.

For ideas of campfire songs you might parody, click the second button below.

Ever heard this Battle Hymn of the Republic parody?
It's probably okay to admit to your students you once sang this song too.


Mine eyes have seen the glory of the burning of the school.

We have tortured all the teachers.  We have broken all the rules.

We have bound and gagged the principal and tossed him in the pool.

Our school goes marching on!

Glory, glory, hallelujah,
The teacher hit me with a ruler.
I hit her in the bean
with a rotten tangerine,
And she ain't gonna teach no more!

Interactive Choices for Writing:

If you're struggling to start, click the buttons below for some ideas that might inspire you to launch your piece of writing.


Could you sing about this topic...   ...
(It's okay to come up with your own school topic here, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)

...to the following tune?

(It's okay to come up with your own familiar tune here, if you're not inspired by any of ours!)


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