Is the narrator a picky eater, or are they being served green mold on a silver platter? This poem tells the hilarious tale of the trials and tribulations of mealtime. Students in grades 1-7 can practice playwriting skills, dialogue, transformation, and/or using the five senses. Language Arts can be integrated by introducing inferred scenes: who are these characters, and what might have happened between them in the past that we aren’t seeing in the poem? In addition, the poem can be used to discuss health and well-being through the topics of nutrition and food groups. We have also included some recommended step-by-step delivery ideas to help you turn the poem into a full lesson.
To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. For each poem, we have created a corresponding journal page for your students. A drama journal allows participants to reflect on their learning and artistic growth (metacognition). It also allows you, the teacher, to see how students are using the drama vocabulary, thinking about big ideas, and perceiving their own strengths and weaknesses.