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Jack Prelutsky 2


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Jack Prelutsky
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Arthur Guiterman

Louder Than a Clap of Thunder

I worked on my webpage prior to reading Module 2 Poetry Breaks and found out this one was already included there. I liked this poem so will keep it, but I found another one by the same author to complete the assignment.

Ask the students the following questions:
1. Have you ever been kept up all night by a family member or friend who snored?
2. Do you have any stories that you can retell about someone who snores? I have a favorite story about my oldest daughter and her grandmother who snores. I would retell this story at this time.


Louder than a clap of thunder,
louder than an eagle screams,
louder than a dragon blunders,
or a dozen football teams,

Louder than a four alarmer,
or a rushing waterfall,
louder than a knight in armor
jumping from a ten-foot wall.

Louder than an earthquake rumbles,
louder than a tidal wave,
louder than an ogre grumbles
as he stumbles through his cave,

Louder than stampeding cattle,
louder than a cannon roars,
louder than a giant's rattle,
that's how loud my father SNORES!

-- Jack Prelutsky --(1984)

Found at:

Enter the website
and listen to the poet himself read the poem. Have the students try and write a similar poem about something annoying.