"Bad-Hair Day" Poetry Theater

A poem in three voices

Adapted from the poem by Linda Knaus in If Kids Ruled the School, published by Meadowbrook Press.

Summary: A student’s bad-hair day disrupts the class.

Presentation Suggestions: Have the students read or perform the poem in front of the class. Have the students act out the different lines while they read them.

Props: A wig with hair sticking up would make a great prop. Another option is for the student having a bad hair day to apply mousse liberally. Or, antlers made out of paper might be fun. Of course, the poem can be performed without props.

Delivery:The lines of the poem need to be read with poetic rhythm. For more information on poetic rhythm and how to perform poetry in classroom, please read the Performing Poetry section under the Teacher’s Resources.



Bad-Hair Day


I looked in the mirror
with shock and with dread
to discover two antlers
had sprung from my head.

The kids in my class
were complaining all day,


“We can’t see the board
with your horns in the way!”


The teacher was cross.
He asked,


“What’s your excuse?”


I said, “Well, I think have
used too much mousse.”

The End


© 2004 by Linda Knaus. Adapted from the poem in If Kids Ruled the School, published by Meadowbrook Press. This classroom theater play version of “Bad-Hair Day ” is © 2005 by Meadowbrook Press.

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