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?

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 was created to help people recall the words t camp songs, lullabies and nursery rhymes. A great collection!
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.
Silly Poems
A UK site full of fun. The poems are broken into categories such as holidays, machines, and animals.
Huge anthologies of poetry are available at Bartlebys. They have some pop-ups too so be sure to have your pop-up blocker on.

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.
Best American Humorous Short Stories
Classic collections from Project Gutenberg.
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