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Poems to Bug Your Reader

using wordplay to develop a
poem about invertebrates

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Student Samples: Elementary

The Dragonfly
by Miles, second grade poet

The Dragonfly,
The Dragonfly
Killer of the sky.
I kill at will as I fly.
I am the dragon
Killer of the sky.
I am the dragon
I'll put up a fight.
If you fight me, you'll run with fright!


(Click here to print this poem as well as a poem from four of Miles' classmates.)

The Gnat Will Not!
by Saskia, fourth grade poet

The Gnat
will not
leave you alone,

The Gnat
will not
leave your home.

The Gnat
will not
stop annoying humanity,

The Gnat
will not
stop filling your life with insanity.

The Gnat
will not
take a good long break for recess,

The Gnat
will not
give you a nice break from your stress.

The Gnat
will always
haunt your home,

The Gnat
will never
ever be alone.

The Gnat
will bug you
day and night,

But that’s a gnat,
and I’m always right!

(Click here to print this poem as well as a poem from one of Saskia's classmates.)

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