“Get Out of Bed!” Poetry Theater

A poem in two voices

Adapted from the poem by Diane Z. Shore in If Kids Ruled the School, published by Meadowbrook Press.

Summary: A child tells his mom that he is sick so he won’t have to go to school.

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. For example, the student playing the mom could shake the child and pull on the blanket while reciting her lines.

Props: A blanket and a desk used as an imaginary bed would be great props, but if they are not available the poem can be performed without them.

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.


Get Out of Bed!

Mom (yelling) :

Get out of bed you silly fool!
Get up right now, it’s time for school.
If you don’t dress without a fuss,
I’ll throw you naked on the bus!


Oh, Mom, don’t make me go today.
I’m feeling worse than yesterday.
You don’t know what I’m going through.
I’ve got a strange, rare case of flu.

My body aches, my throat is sore.
I’m sure I’m knocking on death’s door.
You can’t send me to school—achoo!— (sneeze)
`Cause everyone could get it, too.

Besides the kids despise me there.
They always tease, and always stare
And all the teachers know my name.
When something’s wrong, it’s me they blame

Mom (yelling):

You faked a headache yesterday.
Don’t pull that stuff on me today.
Stop acting like a silly fool—
The principal cannot skip school!


© 2004 by Diane ZuHone Shore. Adapted from the poem from If Kids Ruled the School, published by Meadowbrook Press. This classroom theater play version of "Get OUt of Bed" is © 2005 by Meadowbrook Press.

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