Using the Poetry of Shel Silverstein to Further Develop the Narrative, Expository, and Poetic Writing Skills of Elementary Students
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The Unicorn Song
"The Unicorn," a poem by Silverstein, tells the tale of the lovely unicorns that existed "long time ago, when the Earth was green." When the Lord commanded Noah to build his ark and it was time to set sail, the unicorns were off frolicking in the water enjoying themselves, ignoring Noah's calls. As we know, the unicorns never made it on board, so we don't see them around anymore. The poem was put to music by the Irish Rovers and became a relatively popular song. An audio recording and the poem's text can be found on the Internet at "Zelonis Home Page." I will present the poem first for the familiar discussion format. Our music teacher, Tom Sullivan, who is part of our team, will then teach the song to them. A student presentation of this song will become part of our team's culminating activity.