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Poetry for Children
Poetry Break #29

"Stump the teacher" with an unusual form of poetry

The Best Test
by Jeff Moss

Make a check in one box only after each question.

1. What would you like to do best?
a) go to a movie
b) go to a ball game
c) play with me at my house
a) b) c)

2. What would you like to be when you grow up?
a) a marine biologist
b) a teacher
c) my friend
a) b) c)

3. What would you like to have best?
a) a million dollars
b) your own jet plane
c) the clay pencil holder I made at school
a) b) c)

(If you checked c) every time, you can definitely be
my friend but you are probably not too smart.)

from The other side of the door
(Bantam Young Reader, 1991)

Introduction
Here's a crazy and innovative poem format: the poem as a multiple choice test.

Extension
Invite the children to make their own multiple choice (or other form of test) poems. Use these instead of a "real" test just once!