Summary: A mother tries to get her child to stop sucking his thumbs.
Presentation Suggestions: Have the students read or perform the poem in front of the class. Have the student act out the different lines about sucking his thumbs while reading them. For even more fun, have an adult read and act out the part of the child (The students will enjoy this and it will save any student possible embarrassment over reading a poem about sucking his thumbs).
Props: This poem can be performed without props.
Delivery: The lines of the poem need to
be read with poetic rhythm; please note that one line of the poem
is often split between different characters. In addition, have
the people reading the poem to decide on an age for the last stanza
BEFORE reading the poem. For more information on poetic rhythm
and how to perform poetry in a classroom, please read the Performing
Poetry section under the Teacher's Resources.
Permission is given for individual school classes
to perform this play and to make as many copies of the play as
are needed for the students' use. All other reproduction and performance
is prohibited under penalty of law. For use of this play outside
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