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Lyrics and Poems for Language Classes
By Cynthia Kirkeby
Jan 9, 2006, 09:58

I am a TA for a Special Ed basic English class. We are teaching grammar and parts of speech and I would like to find a source of humorous sentences, lyrics to popular songs, lines from poetry, anything interesting for the students to circle the verbs, underline the nouns, punctuate etc. Is there a source of such sentences or paragraphs?


Answer:
There are many sites for song lyrics, poetry, etc. Here are a few that your students may enjoy. You didn't specify the age of the students, so I've given you sites that are good for various ages.



For Lyrics
http://www.BusSongs.com
BusSongs.com was created to help people recall the words t camp songs, lullabies and nursery rhymes. A great collection!

http://www.scoutsongs.com
Just what it sounds like: all the songs that you learn as a scout, including rounds and patriotic songs.

The following sites are huge compendiums of popular song lyrics. But be forewarned that they all have really obnoxious pop-up ads on their sites:

For poetry:
Silly Poems by Rick Walton There are riddles and other funny things on this site. Use the top arrows to find more. www.rickwalton.com/funstuff/funpoems.htm
Silly Poems
A UK site full of fun. The poems are broken into categories such as holidays, machines, and animals.
adlib.blogs.com/silly_poems/
Huge anthologies of poetry are available at Bartlebys. They have some pop-ups too so be sure to have your pop-up blocker on.
www.bartleby.com/verse/


Humorous Short Stories
A large collection. (popups again). They are ranked by page length and they have been given a content rating similar to the film industry (G, PG, R) Although, it appears almost all of them fall into the PG range.
www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/humourindex.html
Best American Humorous Short Stories
Classic collections from Project Gutenberg.
www.gutenberg.org/etext/10947
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www.ossweb.com/

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