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Poetry for Children
Poetry Break #11

Poem with a refrain

Homework! Oh, Homework!
by Jack Prelutsky

Homework! Oh, Homework!
I hate you! You stink!
I wish I could wash you
away in the sink,
if only a bomb
would explode you to bits.
Homework! Oh, Homework!
You're giving me fits.

I'd rather take baths
with a man-eating shark,
or wrestle a lion
alone in the dark,

eat spinach and liver,
pet ten porcupines,
than tackle the homework
my teacher assigns.

Homework! Oh, Homework!
You're last on my list,
I simply can't see
why you even exist,
if you disappeared
it would tickle me pink.
Homework! Oh, Homework!
I hate you! You stink!

The New Kid on the Block.
Greenwillow, 1984

Introduction
Invite the children to join in on the repeated line in this poem, "Homework! Oh, Homework!"

Extension
Make a group list of ("yucky") things that students would rather do than homework.