Grade: Middle
Subject: Language

#1680. A Teacher's Job in TV Terms

Language, level: Middle
Posted Thu Apr 20 06:16:45 PDT 2000 by Amy Hodges (
Ooltewah Middle School, Ooltewah, TN
Materials Required: Old TV Guides, paper
Activity Time: 60 minutes
Concepts Taught: Sentence Structure, Appositives, Direct Address, Capitalization, Punctuation

Hand out a copy of this poem. Have students identify the names of the television shows. Some of them may be hard to recognize because this poem is several years old.
A Teacher's Job in TV Terms

As the World Turns, these are The Days of Our Lives. As teachers, we are often standing at the Edge of Night as we try to teach The Young and the Restless. But our students are sometimes looking for Another World as they Search for Tomorrow. They seem only to be out for Goodtimes, and don't always agree on Who's the Boss.
We, as teachers, become discouraged about the Jeopardy of our profession as we face the Secret Storm that confronts us from all sides. Our classrooms are Too Close for Comfort and we seldom receive any Cheers! The public think we live with a Wheel of Fortune and use Silver Spoons. Some even think we take home Solid Gold in our paychecks! The Facts of Life are that many of us have been seen Moonlighting if the Price is Right. We know it's not all Golden, Girls!
Even so, we will continue to follow our Guiding Light and teach All My Children for we want them to enjoy Happy Days. We will remember to take it One Day at a Time as we head for the Green Acres of our own Little House on the Prairie.

----Gerry Dowler
Since the story is old I created a new one entitled "A Students Job in TV Terms"

We students living on the Third Rock from the Sun know that we must attend school. Even though it is not always Rosie, we know that it is in our best interest. Our English teacher Mrs. Hodges, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, teaches us about the parts of speech in the Schoolhouse. Rocks are something we can learn about from Mr. Smith, our science teacher. We do not always love everything we do, but who are we to Judge? Judy Hayes, our Drama teacher provides us with great Entertainment. Tonight, we will go home and realize that we do live in Seventh Heaven.

The assignmet is for the students to create their own story using at least 10 shows and 10 sentences. The shows should be capitalized and underlined in the story.