You be the book, I’ll be the binding
You be the words, I’ll be the rhyming
~That’s What’s Up, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Last week on Poetry Friday, Tabatha posted a music video and a paired writing prompt. I thought her idea might work well with my students. We have a class blog on Kidblog.org. Each week I post what I’m calling a “Snippet of the Sea” for students to respond to. Two weeks ago the quote was from Nelson Mandella. They watched a video from the History Channel and answered hard questions about privilege and education and the word weapon. While this was a worthwhile exercise, this week I borrowed Tabatha’s idea and lightened things up a bit.
Here’s the video from Lennon and Maisy and my students’ responses. While they did not have to think very deeply, they did have to rhyme and think about how things go together. But mostly, it was just plain poetic fun.
You be the front, I’ll be the back
You be the ball, and I’ll be the bat. (Lani)
You be the pencil I’ll be the lead.
You be the blanket I’ll be the bed.
You be the butter I’ll be the bread
You be the blue I’ll be the red. (Tobie)
You be the biscuit, I’ll be the jam
You be bread, I’ll be the ham
You be the green eggs and ham, I’ll be Sam I Am.
You be the beans, I’ll be the spam
You be Mary, I’ll be the little lamb (Kielan)
You be the socks, I’ll be the shoes
You be the trumpet, I’ll be the blues (Emily)
You be the sky, I’ll be the horn fly.
You be the sun, I’ll be the fun.(Andrew)
You be the sun, I’ll be the shine.
You be the tree, I’ll be the pine. (Kaiden)
You be the dog, I’ll be the cat.
I’ll be the hair you be the hat. (Jacob)
You be the needle, I’ll be the thread.
You be the say, I’ll be the said. (Vannisa)