Poetry Friday: Pardon the pun

May 7th, 2010

Gresham Brown, a third-grade teacher in Greenville, South Carolina, and frequent guest blogger here, shared his thoughts on language play in Ralph Fletcher’s new book, Pyrotechnics on the Page: Playful Craft That Sparks Writing. “We always end our class meeting every day with two jokes, so my kids are pretty familiar with this kind of wordplay,” says Gresham. He shared some pun-poems in class and then asked his students to write their own. Enjoy the results!

French Fries by Ben

I went to France
and said:
Can I
have French fries?

He said how
dare you fry
our country!

No I said
I don’t want your country fried
I just want some
French fries.

Homework by Julian

I was out of school for a few weeks
When I got back my teacher told me,
yes me
to catch up on my homework

So I did
I went to the fridge and got some ketchup
Then I got my homework,
took the Ketchup
and put it on my homework

Literally by Alaina

“Put up your hair!”
said my mother.
She gave me a hairpin.

So I unlocked the top cabinet
and put up my hair

don’t see why
my mother was soooo surprised
when I came to dinner bald.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Laura Evans  |  May 7th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Ha! Punny poems!

    Laura Evans
    all things poetry

  • 2. Mrs. V  |  May 9th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    I just finished the book and I enjoyed reading these poems in it. I liked how Fletcher had input from so many authors/colleagues to share how language play is a part of their writing lives.

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