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I Raised My Hand in Class

A Funny School Poem for Kids

From the book The Armpit of Doom

I raised my hand in class this morning,
sitting in the back.
The teacher didn't see, I think.
Instead she called on Jack.

I stretched my hand up higher,
but she called on Zach and Zoe.
I started bouncing up and down,
but, still, she called on Chloe.

I waved my arms but, even so,
she didn't call on me.
She called on Bryan, Brooklyn, Billy,
Bailey, Ben, and Bree.

She called on Taylor, Tristan, Thomas,
Trinity, and Ty.
Then, finally, she called my name.
I breathed a heavy sigh.

She asked me for the answer.
I just frowned and clenched my knees,
and said, "I've no idea,
but could I use the bathroom, please?"

--Kenn Nesbitt


Copyright © 2012 Kenn Nesbitt. All Rights Reserved.

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The Armpit of Doom


On Oct 13, 2015 Vvtfhgvyvjyv from England wrote:
Thus is such a funny poem and was very successful in my poetry competition
On Oct 13, 2015 S.L from jeddah wrote:
it is really good..for primary grades and poetry recitations....
On Apr 19, 2015 Michelle from USA wrote:
This poem totally is is is cool.
On Jan 22, 2015 mary from USA wrote:
This was a very good poem. I think the ending was the funniest.
On Jan 22, 2015 Diya from India wrote:
That's really funny thats really useful for school recitation competitions

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Reading Level of this Poem

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: 540L
 Grade Level Measures
ATOS Level: 3.5
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 2.5
Gunning-Fog Index: 4.2
SMOG Index: 3
Automated Readability Index: 2.7
Grade Level Average: 3.2
 Text Statistics
Word Count: 115 words
Line Count: 20 lines
Average Line Length: 5.8 words
Average Sentence Length: 10.5 words
Average Word Length: 4 letters
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