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 Sep 1, 2014 gggee from usa wrote:
wow, just wow
On Aug 7, 2014 arshemah afreen from karachi wrote:
this type of poems are funny i dont like the serious one but exatcly i love this
On Jul 7, 2014 Minecraft Girl from USA wrote:
Whenever I feel upset I come and read these poems. They instantly make me feel better... until mom tells me to get off! Thanks!
On Jun 30, 2014 Patricia S. from Cali - Colombia wrote:
I worked this funny poem with my kids, and it turned out to be a great success in the Poetry Festival that the school developed on March this current year. Thank you
On May 13, 2014 Julia Tickemyer from Idaho wrote:
INTRESTING! Kenn I really love your poems they're just hilairous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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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