Middle School Grammar Lesson

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Slaps here, insults there.
Some aches won’t ever go away.
Hurt: the adjective describes the noun.

They jab and tease,
or, worse, exclude.
Hurt: the action word.

The teacher parses the axiom:
“Hurt people hurt people.”

But she can’t change the truth.


Update–I found out the source of the expression I quoted:

“Hurt people hurt people.”
― Will Bowen

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42 Responses to Middle School Grammar Lesson

  1. CC says:

    Very clever incorporation of so many different uses of ‘hurt’….adjective, noun, action, axiom. Well-done 🙂
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  2. Shailaja V says:

    Oh I love this one. Brilliant play on words and a grammar lesson in there for good measure. Nice job!
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    • Marcy says:

      Thanks! I showed this to my students when we were learning about the parts of speech. (It was a tough sentence for most of them to figure out.)

  3. Nice grammar lesson there! And sadly, middle school or high school…the teasing and cruelty continues…
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  4. Some clever wordplay here, nice.
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  5. M L Sexton says:

    That is very true “hurt people hurt people.” It’s so sad to think that that actually happens.
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  6. Love your take on the prompt, Marcy! So much truth in that last line.
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    • Marcy says:

      Thanks–it’s one of the things I find painful about teaching. There’s only so much that the school can do sometimes.

  7. Susan Shuman says:

    You nailed it! A clear, crisp message in so few words. The last line killed me. Excellent job!
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  8. A clever way to answer the question: ‘where does it hurt?’
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  9. Nortonmum says:

    Love it.
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  10. Jetgirl says:

    Very very clever with the words and with expressing the hurt. Kids can be so mean…
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    • Marcy says:

      Yes, it never ends. I do think schools are doing a good job to protect kids from bullies as compared to the old days. There are so many new threats, though, with new technology.

  11. irtwaddle says:

    Wonderfully done. You have said so much in so few words.

  12. Love how you brought it all in on the last line.
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    • Marcy says:

      Thanks for saying that. I changed that last line around a lot trying to get it the way I wanted (without adding or removing any words to keep to 42).

  13. Juliann says:

    This is beautiful. Sad, but beautiful.
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  14. Jen says:

    i love this, so clever. I had to read it a few times to get all the different meanings!
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  15. Nathan James says:

    So well crafted, Marcy, and ringing with truth about bullying.
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  16. Kay says:

    It flows nicely and picks up more speed and meaning by the last line, which really brings it together. Well done. I like that you express a problem AND a difficulty in dealing with it; not just that people get hurt and hurt each other, but that others (eg teachers) know it but can’t fix it.
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  17. Christine says:

    OK, first of all – what a great way to teach two lessons at once. Secondly, fantastic poem. Others have pointed out the clever wordplay – it really is brilliantly crafted. Great ending line, too. Wonderful job, Marcy! Thanks for linking it up!
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  18. Sarah Ann says:

    Just because it might be true doesn’t mean it’s inevitable or excusable. Loved your grammar lesson.

    • Marcy says:

      Great point, and I agree with you. Although, I’ll admit, when I am feeling pessimistic I don’t always see it. Some people need a lot of help, and they are not able to get it oftentimes. Thanks!
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  19. Bullying is a beast. Good description of its pain and frustration.
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  20. Meg says:

    I love how you parse it all and arrive at the same place. Very meta.
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