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Sentences by my students, in the English academy where I work, put into verse by me. Original Inspiration taken from the book ‘Did i hear you write?’ by Michael Rosen.

Apologetic Verse II

(i)

I have used
your computer

Forgive me
I was watching
videos on YouTube.

(ii)

I have sold your bracelet

Forgive me
I thought that
it wasn’t special
I’m going to get it back.

(iii)

I have sold a photo of you sleeping

Forgive me
It was my brother

(iv)

I have taken your bike
and it has broken

Forgive me
I was only playing

(v)

I have spent your money
on some new shoes

Forgive me
I will pay you back.

(vi)

I have taken your mobile

Forgive me
I will return it tomorrow

(vii)

I have lost
your mobile

Forgive me
I will find it

(vii)

I have lost
your mobile

Forgive me
Someone has stolen it

(ix)

I have done a bad thing.

Forgive me
I did some graffiti in the street
and the police caught me

(x)

I have lost the trophy
that we won last year

Forgive me
I’m going to look for it

(xi)

I’ve gone
to the party
with Juan

Forgive me
It won’t happen
again

(xii)

I have gone out.

Forgive me
I was bored 🙂

Apologetic Verse

I asked my students to write a note of apology similar to that written in the poem below by William Carlos Williams entitled: This is just to say.

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

Thanks to Jane Revell for bringing the poem to my attention at the recent ACEIA conference in Seville. Here are their efforts:

(i)

I forgot to
send you a message

Forgive me
I was in the street
and I didn’t have wifi

(ii)

I have done
your homework

Forgive me
I was bored
VERY bored 🙂

(iii)

I have finished
watching the film
because you are late

Forgive me
Do you want something to eat?

(iv)

I have finished
the dinner
You haven’t got
anything for dinner

Forgive me
I was hungry

(v)

I have used
your pen
because I didn’t
have one

Forgive me
I had to write
something 🙂

(vi)

I forgot to return
the pen you lent me

Forgive me
I have been so stressed
I’ll give it back tomorrow

(vii)

I lost the
football match

Forgive me
I went to a party
last night
and I was
very tired

(viii)

I haven’t made
the cake

Forgive me
I was
feeling lazy

(ix)

I looked at you
when I was
kissing another girl

Forgive me
I don’t want to be
with you now

(x)

I have lost
your one million
Euros

Forgive me
I left it in the bar

(xi)

I have made
the Christmas balls

Forgive me
I forgot you like to do it.

(xii)

I have left home

Forgive me
I left at midnight

Family Errors

A verse of errors from my classes.
Can you correct them?
Their words. My Verse.

He have a 40 ages
He job is the police
He likes the films
He likes doing tennis
Is my dad

He 17 age
He likes play the football
he play football every day
He go to school
Is my cousin

He has 12
He go to school
Is very simpaticate
This children is my brother

She like dancing
She likes play doll in my house
She going every day to school
She play with her mobile
She love my and my love her
Is my cousin

He have 71 years
He don’t work because now is old
Is my grandfather.

The A to Z of last weekend

Students in class came up with the verbs (apart from q,x,y and z) and wrote appropriate past sentences. I put them all together into this: #Theirwordsmyverse.

I asked my mother a question
I bought some sweets from the sweet shop
I cut my leg on some scissors (by accident)
I drove my dad’s car (my dad on the pedals)
I explained the homework to my cousin

I fell down the stairs and (see hurt)
My sister gave me an ice cream
I hurt my leg
I imagined life without the internet
I jumped onto the sofa and (see cut)

I kissed my sister because (see gave)
I listened to pop music with my friends
My mum made me do my Biology homework but (see quit)
I needed new trainers so I went to the shop
I opened the window because I was hot

I played in a football match and (see won)
I quit doing my homework because I was bored
I ran around in the park with my friends
I spoke Spanish
I talked to my family about life and (see imagined)

I used my phone to go on the internet
I visited my Grandmother because she was ill
I won a medal
The doctor x-rayed my leg because (see fell)
I yawned because my mum was saying blah blah blah
I zigzagged in the street with a basketball.

Things our teachers say

Sentences written by my tefl classes of 10-12 year olds organised into free verse by me. Starting word: Don’t. Activity inspired by Michael Rosen. Their Words. My Verse.

Don’t
Don’t
Don’t do that
Don’t shout
Don’t stand up
Don’t stand up without permission
Don’t talk
Don’t talk when I’m explaining
Don’t talk when I tell you not to
Don’t talk when a classmate is speaking
Don’t talk when a classmate is saying the answer
Don’t speak so loud
Don’t speak in the exam
Don’t copy in the test
Don’t say bad words
Don’t hit your friend
Don’t chat with your friends
Don’t run in the classroom
Don’t play with soap
Don’t play games
Don’t throw paper balls in class
Don’t make paper planes
Don’t hit the table
Don’t sit on the table
Don’t dance on the table
Don’t make funny noises
Don’t be silly
Don’t laugh
Don’t play with your pencils
Don’t look out the door
Don’t play with the lockers
Don’t eat sweets (dippers)
Don’t sleep
Don’t daydream
Don’t
Don’t
Don’t do that

On Monday…

Asked my students to complete the sentence On Monday…. Their words, My verse.

On Monday
I’m tired
I’m bored
I feel sad
I say ‘oh no’ a zillion times

On Monday
You need to be motivated.

On Monday
I go to school asleep
I have art
I have maths
I go to Royal street
I eat sweets (dippers)

On Monday
I do my homework
I watch TV
I play football on a pitch
I go to the cinema
I go to the swimming pool

On Monday
I go to English class
I see Steve
I play tennis
I go to the zoo*
*This last one is not true

On Monday

We Live…

Asked my 10/11 year olds to complete the sentence We live… using various prepositions. These were the best: Their words, My verse

We live under the sky
We live next to Cádiz
We live between buildings
We live with our families
We live without sadness
We live on top of the world
We live opposite Africa
We live to be the best
We live inside our houses
We live near the beach
We live on the earth
We live in San Fernando

How could life be made better?

Using the modal verb should. Their words, My verse.

Everyday should be Friday
or Saturday
We shouldn’t get up early
Everybody should be rich
Broccoli shouldn’t exist
We should go to school for one day only
We shouldn’t go to school
School should last one minute
School shouldn’t have natural science or language
Every school should have P.E on the timetable
We shouldn’t go to Carrefour
(because Dia is better)

* Carrefour and Día are supermarkets.

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 using so and such, This is the 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

I wish…

Asked my 11 and 12 year olds to complete the sentence I wish. Mostly translated in class. Their words, My verse.

I wish I didn’t have to go to school
I wish I could burn the school
I wish I lived in a pizza world
I wish I could live in Disneyland in the princess house
I wish I could go to the moon and see the earth
I wish I could get up at 11 every day
I wish I didn’t have to go to extra classes
I wish I didn’t have to go to English class
I wish somebody would do my homework
I wish I was very rich
I wish I had a very BIG house
I wish I had a dinosaur pet
I wish I didn’t have to study
I wish I never had exams
I wish I could study everything in a blink
I wish I could live in Anime
I wish I didn’t have to live with crazy people
I wish I could fly
I wish I never lost at football
I wish Messi would break his legs
I wish I had a lot of money
I wish I was a millionaire
I wish I could be a multi-millionaire
I wish I had an iPhone 7
I wish I had a PS55
I wish I had the Ninetendo Switch
I wish war would disappear
I wish I was Flash
I wish I could get rid of the evil in the world
I wish I didn’t have school for one year
I wish I had endless wishes
I wish I didn’t have to take out the rubbish

Things our parents tell us to do

Imperatives. Their words, my verse

Wake up!
Get up!
Get dressed!
Don’t be lazy!
Brush your teeth!
Brush your hair!
Make your bed!
Go to school!
Study!
Don’t use your phone while studying!
Stop playing video games!
You can’t play on the computer during the week!
Don’t watch youtube!
Give me the tablet!
Tidy your bedroom!
Tidy your bedroom PLEASE!
Walk the dog!
Go to English class!
STUDY!
Go and buy bread!
Wash your hands!
Set the table!
Take off your earphones!
Don’t eat so much!
Eat more!
Eat more vegetables!
Help us in the kitchen!
Wash the dishes!
Sweep the floor!
Take out the rubbish!
Do your homework!
STUDY!
Don’t play the trumpet!
Don’t shout!
Don’t annoy your brother!
Don’t fight with your brother!
Don’t fight with your sister!
Help your sister with her homework!
Do your homework!
Study!
Behave in the house!
Go to bed!
Go to sleep!

Good not good

An interview with my nephew Raphael, aged 6. What are you good at? What are you not good at? Their words, my verse.

I’m good at cartwheels
I’m not good at handstands
I’m good at roly-polys
I’m not good at flips
I’m good at badminton
I’m not good at playing catch (with small balls)
I’m good at doing fruit kebabs
I’m not good at handwriting
I’m good at lego
i’m not good at bricks
I’m good at the game using magnets
I’m not good at putting all the scoops on one cone
I’m good at Tom Gold Run
I’m not good at Redstone story mode
I’m good at Redstone 2
I’m not good at lego city
I’m good at eating bananas
I’m not good at eating hard apples
I’m good at eating juicy apples
I’m not good at eating blueberries
I’m good at escape runaway on the computer.

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 times when they can’t be bothered to do stuff. This poem style inspired by Michael Rosen. Their words. My Verse.

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 is…

Complete the sentence in your own words. Their Words. My Verse.

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.

I am ill, I am ill

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

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.

Thursday

An acrostic. Their words, my verse.

Tomorrow is better
Home is the best
U need a hug 🙂
Routine is boring
Saturday is near
Dream BIG!
Always be happy
Yesterday was horrible

San Fernando

The town where we live using too and enough to describe it. Their words, my verse.

Too many pigeons
not enough parks
Too many people
Not enough determination
Too many shops
Not enough discos
Too many homeless
Not enough money
Too many cockroaches
Not enough cinemas
Too many seagulls
Not enough beaches
Too much trash
Not enough parties
Too many cats
Too much dog poo

Once I was and Soon I will be

Asked students to complete the sentences
Once I was 7 years old and my mother told me
and Soon i’ll be 30 years old and…
Inspired by the song 7 by Lukas Graham. Their words, My verse.

Once I was 7 years old
and my mother told me to clean my bedroom
Soon i’ll be 30 years old
and I will go to England

Once I was 7 years old
and my mother told me about my education
Soon i’ll be 30 years old
and I will be famous

Once I was 7 years old
and my mother told me to come and stand next to her
Soon i’ll be 30 years old
and I’ll go to the beach in the summer

Once I was 7 years old
and my mother told me I didn’t look like my cousin
Soon i’ll be 30 years old
and I won’t have to study

Once I was 7 years old
and my mother told me I was the best person in the world
Soon i’ll be 30 years old
and I will buy lots of Lamborghinis.

Once I was 7 years old
and my mother told me to pay attention to people
Soon i’ll be 30 years old
and I will be looking for work

Once I was 7 years old
and my mother told me you must go to school
Soon i’ll be 30 years old
and i’ll be a vet

Once I was 7 years old
and my mother told me not to play football next to the TV
Soon ill be 30 years old
and i’ll be a vet

Once I was 7 years old
and my mother told me you must study for the test
Soon ill be 30 years old
and I will have a lot of animals

Once I was 7 years old
and my mother told me I was stupid
Soon ill be 30 years old
and I will be very quick

Wednesday

An Acrostic. Their words, My verse.

Why am I at school?
Exams are bad

Determination!
Near the weekend
Easy homework
Smiley
Dancing in the mirror
Amazing
Yeah! Middle of the week!

December is…

December is… completed by 10/11 year old students in my class
Their words. My Verse.

A
month
a beautiful
month of dad noel
a very important month
the last month of the year
when the first term finishes
December is my favourite song
December is christmas
December
is cold.
Godzilla

In the Playground

Students completed the above sentence. Their words, my verse.

In the playground
we play football
In the playground
we play basketball
In the playground
we eat sandwiches and other food
In the playground
we speak with our friends
In the playground
I do gymnastics with my best friend and my sister
In the playground
we buy food
In the playground
we drink from the water fountain
In the playground
we push each other
In the playground
they smoke in the corner
In the playground
we play rugby
In the playground
I make out with my girl
In the playground
we have a football league with other classes
In the playground
we have skateboard competitions
In the playground
we play frisbee
In the playground
we play hide and seek

I was born…

Complete the sentence. Their words, My verse

I was born
to run
to be a good runner
to do sport
to swim
to surf
to fish
to play tennis
to play basketball
to play football
to be a good footballer
to talk
to study
to be an engineer
to be a doctor
to be a doctor or a dentist
to be a brain surgeon
to be a criminal investigator
to be a teacher
to be a kindergarten teacher
to ask questions
to write books
to be happy
to be funny
to ride a horse
to be a good horse rider
to dance
to dance and play the guitar
to play piano
to be a good drawer
not to go to school
to be a bad student
to fly
to smile
to cook
to be a good baker
to smell
to have fun
to play PS4
to play computer games
to be crazy
to be famous
to be a professional gamer in call of duty
to kill
to go to the cinema
to be a peaceful girl
to be an important person
to travel all over the world
to eat kebabs
not to feel my legs
to play with my potato