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Song Parodies
about School

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

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Student Samples: Middle School

School Lunch Anthem
by Lauren and Claire, 7th grade writers
(sung to the tune of The Star Spangled Banner)

Time to go to lunch,
Gonna eat a bunch:
Chicken broccoli and cheese
Cookies, cakes, and pastries.
Going through the lunch line,
Holding my lunch tray
As I walked with my lunch,
I heard many people screaming.

Food is flying everywhere
It is stuck in my hair
To be honest with you.
It was such a big nightmare.

Oh, please get me out of this lunch room fast
Or before you know it,
My arm will be wrapped in a cast.

(Click here to view/print Lauren and Claire's song, as well as the songs of two classmates.)

Descending Grades
by Levi & Josh, 8th grade writers
(sung to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus")

My grades in school keep going down, going down, going down.
My grades in school keep going down all the way to F's.

I had straight A's in Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Kindergarten,
I had straight A's in Kindergarten, now they are all F's.

In first grade I was doing better, doing better, doing better.
In first grade I was doing better, then my dog dies.

My grades were slipping down again, down again, down again
My grades were slipping down again, the rest is history!

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