Poetry Break # 15: Two Poems That Can Be Sung
Introduction: Ask students if
they know any senior citizens who are good-looking in their own way. Invite several students to describe the person they had
in mind. Next, read the poem below once. Review the tune for the song (Greensleaves),
and ask students to help you sing the poem to this tune. (Note: To make the words fit the song, you will need to repeat the
last two lines of the poem twice).
When I grow old I hope to be
As beautiful as Grandma Lee.
Her hair is soft and fluffy white.
Her eyes are blue and candle
And down her cheeks are cunning
Of little ripples when she smiles.
Poem by Rose Henderson. Taken from
The Random House Book of Poetry for Children by Jack Prelutsky, editior. Illustrated by Arnold Lobel.
New York: Random House, 1983, p. 159. ISBN: 0394850106
Extension: a) Discuss these and other questions: What makes
a person beautiful or handsome? Does beauty only belong to young people? How
does our culture define beauty? Do you agree with the cultural stereotypes? b) Read poems and short stories about senior citizens
in nontraditional roles. Ask students what kind of senior citizen they would
like to be.