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You Can Argue with a Tennis Ball

From the book Revenge of the Lunch Ladies

You can argue with a tennis ball
or argue with your hat.
You can argue with bananas
or a broken baseball bat.

You can argue with your locker.
You can argue with your shoe.
You can argue all day long
until your face is turning blue.

You can argue with a pickle.
You can argue with a bee.
It's a fact that you can argue
with most anything you see.

You can argue with the football field
or argue with the bleachers.
But I've found it isn't very smart
to argue with the teachers.

--Kenn Nesbitt


Copyright © 2007 Kenn Nesbitt. All Rights Reserved.

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Revenge of the Lunch Ladies


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Teachers may find this information useful. Please note that Lexile Measures are intended for prose, not poetry. So, technically, the Lexile Measure of any poem should be NP (for non-prose). Nevertheless, this information is frequently requested, so I provide the Lexile Measure for this poem as if it were prose. The Grade Level Average, below, may be a more accurate guide to the reading level of this poem.

Lexile Text Measure: 580L
 Grade Level Measures
ATOS Level: 4.3
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 3.4
Gunning-Fog Index: 5
SMOG Index: 3.6
Automated Readability Index: 2.4
Grade Level Average: 3.7
 Text Statistics
Word Count: 94 words
Line Count: 16 lines
Average Line Length: 5.9 words
Average Sentence Length: 9.4 words
Average Word Length: 3.9 letters
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