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Mrs. McKeown's Poetry
Lee Bennett Hopkins

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Introduction:
After a game situation in P.E. (or classroom game). Have the students find a comfortable spot in the room with their journals. Read the following poem.

Final Score

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Eventually
there's
a
final score
when
games
have ended

when
they're
over--

no more.

No more
batting,
kicking,
tossing a ball--

No more
stumbling,
fumbling,
rising up from a fall.

Games
have been played.

They're over.

That's all.

--Lee Bennett Hopkins--

from Opening Days Sport Poems (Harcourt Brace & Company, 1996)

Extension:
Give the students the last five minutes to write about the following prompt:
Write in your journals about a game situation you remember vividly. If you can't remember one, make up a situation you would like to happen.