The Boneyard Rap
3 July 2008Add to My Folder
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This poem, written and performed by Wes Magee, fits perfectly with the National Year of Reading monthly theme of Rhythm and Rhyme: it rhymes and has a rap rhythm. Children will enjoy joining in with the chorus and the suggested movements and sounds.
- Listen to the recording in private to become familiar with its rhythmic form.
- Explain that the poem is being performed by its author, poet Wes Magee, supported by children performing the chorus.
- Give the poem’s title and invite suggestions of what kind of poem the children expect – funny, scary, serious? Which word suggests it will have a strong rhythm?
- Teach the children the chorus, “woooooooooo!”, explaining how a refrain recurs at intervals throughout a poem. Practise, with the children saying the chorus together – rising to a crescendo and down again, as in the recording.