Category Archives: Their Words My Verse

In The Library

I asked my 10/11 year old students to think about the library, describe it and associate it to the senses. Every three lines I wrote In the library to create free verse. This inspired by Michael Rosen.

In the library
it’s very boring
it’s peaceful
you can study
In the library
I can hear silence
pages turning
and computer keyboards
In the library
I can hear the door opening
I can see people
I can see books, shelves and computers
In the library
the librarian says shhhh!
I can hear the book trolley passing
and the smell of dust
In the library
I can sleep
with the smell of old and new books
and I can read
In the library
you can hear people breathing
I can’t fly there but
I can smell the flowers
In the library

Fire!

Asked my students to complete the following sentence. Their words. My Verse.

If my house was on fire I would grab…

my dog, my money, my computer, my tablet
my cousin, my hamster, my phone, my rabbit
my cat Putin.

my headphones, the heater, the TV, the sofa
my family, my grandmother, my fish Rodolfo
my hedgehog Chespin

My Playstation four, My Cats Lima and Neron
my Teddy Dog Quisquillas, my letters from London
my Grandmother’s ring

My Pokemon book, some food, my Nintendo,
My Harry potter book, my bed (through the window)
My House
well, EVERYTHING!

If I didn’t have to go to school

Asked my 11/12 year old students to complete the sentence above. Their Words. My Verse.

If I didn’t have to go to school
I wouldn’t be bored
I would stay at home
I’d be happy
I’d do things that I like
I’d go to my friends house
I’d play football
I’d play PS4
I’d play PS4 all day every day
I’d travel with my family a lot
I’d get up at 12 and call everybody in my class
I’d do what I wanted
I’d stay at home and sleep
I’d stay in bed all day
I’d sleep all day
I’d sleep
I’d sleep
I’d sleep a lot

San Fernando

The town where I live according to my teenage students, 2016 version. Their words. My verse.

San Fernando
Such an important history
Such an educational and cultural city
Such a good climate
Such a big shopping centre
Such beautiful views
So ugly yet so beautiful at the same time
So many flamenco singers
Such a flamenco influence
Such a lot of friendly people
So many idiots
So few things for teenagers to do
So repetitive
So repetitive
San Fernando

Happiness is…

By my nephew Sam, aged 10. Their words. My Verse.

Happiness is playing football
Happiness is playing football tennis
Happiness is the smell of victory
Happiness is eating cheese
Happiness is going on the Xbox one
Happiness is playing hide & seek
Happiness is playing sport
Happiness is watching Liverpool
Happiness is meeting famous people
Happiness is eating prawns
Happiness is a jelly cheese and sardine sandwich
Happiness is my brother farting
Happiness is listening to the 2010 world cup theme
Happiness is the sound of knives and forks squeaking on plates
Happiness is cows mooing and pooing in the water (plop)
Happiness is holding and kicking a football
Happiness is dogs barking
Happiness is 62% dark chocolate
Happiness is blue cheese
Happiness is the smell of marmite
Happiness is PE at school
Happiness is maths class
Happiness is talking to Mr. Norman
Happiness is talking to Mr. Ronlands
Happiness is watching champions league on TV in the winter
Happiness is watching match of the day (but not with Gary Lineker in his pants)
Happiness is the crossbar challenge
Happiness is the keepie uppie challenge (146 to date)
Happiness is playing slitherio

I can’t be bothered

Asked my 11/12 year old students to think about when they are ill. Their words. My Verse. This poem style inspired by Michael Rosen.

I can’t be bothered
It’s Monday
I have to get up
I have to do the homework
I can’t be bothered
I have to go to school
Maths, English, Religion
Science, Spanish Language
I can’t be bothered
I’m bored
There are more important things to do
I don’t want to play with my sister
I can’t be bothered
to make my bed
to wash the dishes
to clean and set the table
I can’t be bothered
I wish I had a horse
I wish I was on the beach
If only the summer would arrive.

Green

Green is a colour
Green is nature, the grass and the leaves
Green is the apple that I eat
Green is my jumper that has a hood
Green are the eyes of my sister
Green is the cap of my Great Grandfather
Green is a creeper in Minecraft
Green is a colour.

Their Words. My Verse.

I am ill, I am ill

Asked my 11/12 year old students to think about when they are ill. Their words. My Verse. This poem style inspired by Michael Rosen.

I’m ill, I’m ill
The T.V is on
I’m doing my homework in my bedroom.
I’m ill, I’m ill
my mother’s shouting
the dog is barking
the phone is vibrating
I’m ill, I’m ill
my sister is singing
‘You should be at school!’
‘Do you have exams?’ asks my Mother
I’m ill, I’m ill
I’m not at school
I miss my friends
I wish it was summer
I’m ill, I’m ill
I feel bad
I am in pain
I
am
BORED.

San Fernando (The Good & The Bad)

The town where I live according to my teenage students. Their words. My verse.

San Fernando
so boring
so boring to live in
so boring at night
San Fernando
so disgusting
such a disgusting place
such boring people
San Fernando
such friendly people
such pretty parks
so peaceful
San Fernando
such a cultural city
such an interesting place
such a great beach
San Fernando

DON’T…

Sentences written by my tefl classes of 10-13 year olds organised into free verse by me. Thier Words. My Verse. Inspired by Michael Rosen.

Things our parents say

Don’t speak to me like that
Don’t shout
DON’T SHOUT when you’re at home!
Don’t shout when your little brother is sleeping

Don’t eat in the kitchen
DON’T EAT quickly!
Don’t use your phone when you’re eating
Don’t sing when you are eating
DON’T SING at the table!
Don’t stand up when you are eating
Don’t speak to me like that!

Don’t kick your brother
Don’t kill your brother
Don’t hit your sister
DON’T FIGHT WITH YOUR SISTER!

Don’t use the computer so much
Don’t play computer games for more than two hours
Don’t play computer games before studying
Don’t play computer games when studying
DON’T
PLAY
COMPUTER
GAMES!

Don’t use your phone when you’re studying
Don’t watch TV when you have important things to do
Don’t watch TV when you are doing your homework
Don’t get bad marks

Don’t use the skateboard in the house
Don’t play tennis in the house
Don’t play basketball in the house
Don’t play football in the kitchen
Don’t play football in the house
DON’T
PLAY
FOOTBALL
IN
THE
HOUSE!!!

Don’t talk when I’m on the phone
Don’t play the recorder at home
Don’t smoke
Don’t insult Alex by saying he’s fat
Don’t give your dad a heart attack
Don’t confuse me
Don’t jump on the sofa
Don’t draw on the wall
Don’t open the coca cola
Don’t believe everything people tell you

Don’t do crazy things in the street
Don’t stay out later then 10 o’ clock
Don’t go to bed without brushing your teeth
Don’t! Don’t! Don’t!!!