Ever felt rebellious and need to vent? It’s something teens know quite a bit about. When I taught high school writing classes one assignment was to create a rebellion poem. I provided a sample about an experience I remembered when I was a teenager.
She Tried To Tip The Boat
She tried to tip the boat to prove she was a risk taker
She did it because she was tired of being the dependable child
She did it for the thrill- for a glimpse of life in the fast lane
She did it to make them sit up and notice her
She did it to see if she could make her even-tempered Dad lose his cool
She did it because no one would expect her to
She did for herself
Here are some rebellion poems my students wrote………
He Stopped Going to Church
He stopped going to church
He did it because he was annoyed
He did it to think for himself
He did it to be free
He did it because his parents always went to church
He did it to get away from ‘the crowd”
He did it for himself.
She Got A Mohawk Hair Cut
She got a Mohawk to end the monotony
She did it to break the mold
She did it to shock and appall
She did it to stand out
She did it to fit in
She did it to clear the slate
She did it for herself.
She’s in a Heavy Metal Band
She’s in a heavy metal band
Because she wants to stand out
She’s in it to release some energy
To have fun with her friends
She’s in it to take a break from the norm
To make her ‘strictly classical’ teacher mad
She’s in it to be crazy
She’s in it for herself.
We also tried applying the ‘rebel’ pattern to some famous acts of rebellion like Picasso painting Guernica.
I Painted Guernica
I did it because Nazi bombers killed my people
I did it because civil war was tearing my country apart
I did it to show the violence of war
I did it because I was angry
I did it because my country was “sinking in an ocean of pain and death”
I did it because I was an artist and I had something to say
If you’re feeling a bit rebellious why not write a rebellion poem of your own?
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