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“The Armadillo” Poetry Theater
Adapted from the poem by Eric Ode

Summary: While riding the trails, a cowboy finds a surprise in his boot.

Presentation Suggestions: Have the students read or perform the poem in front of the class. Have the students act out the different lines while they read them.

Props: A cowboy hat or bandana and a pair of boots for the cowboy would make great props. A pair of construction paper ears for the armadillo plus a rope tail would be fun. Of course, the poem can be performed without props and costumes.

Characters:
Narrator - Sheldon - Armadillo

The Armadillo

Sheldon:
“Hold up just a minute, boys,”

Narrator:
said Sheldon with a shout.

Sheldon:
“I think there’s something in my boot,
so let me dump it out.”

Narrator:
He slipped down from his saddle,
and he sat beneath a willow.
And there inside his cowboy boot
he found an armadillo.

Sheldon:
“Well, blow me down!”

Narrator:
The cowboy said.

Sheldon:
I knew that things were wrong.
I hope, my friend, you don’t intend
to stay there very long.”

Armadillo:
“I wouldn’t dare,”

Narrator:
The critter said.

Armadillo:
“for near as I can tell,
I might survive the crowded fit,
but surely not the smell!”

Copyright 2006 by Eric Ode. Adapted from the poem “The Armadillo” from the book “Tall Tales of the Wild West (And a Few Short Ones). This classroom theater play version of “The Armadillo” is copyright 2006 by Meadowbrook Press. Permission is given for individual school classes to perform this play and to make as many copies of the play as are needed for the students’ use. All other reproduction and performance is prohibited under penalty of law. For use of this play outside individual classes, please contact info@meadowbrookpress.com for permission.









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