A Piggy poem takes a familiar song or tune and changes the words to fit the subject being studied.
Applications for History Class:
Piggyback poems can be sung or read as a group.
Choose a familiar song or tune. Change the words so that they are about the subject being studied.
Athens (Sung to the tune of ŌMy GuyĶ)
No city-state can be as great as Athens (Athens)
No other city can be as pretty as Athens (Athens)
The father of democracy was Cleisthenes
But our greatest leader was Pericles
All men get to vote, while we eat our goat in Athens
No better-looking town can ever be found than Athens (Athens)
No foreign place can match the grace of Athens (Athens)
Aristotle, Plato and Socrates
Can talk all day about philosophy
ItÕs hard to be modest with Athena as our goddess in Athens
We teach our children to be smart
We teach them music, we teach them art
Most of our men are educated
But women have no rights and are segregated
No Persian invaders can be much greater than Athens (Athens)
No Spartan spear can instigate fear in Athens (Athens)
Our army and our navy are super-sized
And the Iliad and Odyssey we memorize
Both the body and mind are doing quite fine in Athens.
We spend our days watching dramatic plays in Athens.
We learn to speak so our minds wonÕt be weak in Athens.
Mythology is our theology in Athens
IÕm telling you from the heart,
I wonÕt be torn apart from Athens!