The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus
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By Ogden Nash

This poem, by American poet Ogden Nash (1902-1971), features strong use of rhythm and rhyme, as well as poetic devices like enjambment and alliteration. Children will enjoy the humour of the poem and can use it as a basis for creating other text types and performing it aloud.

These teachers’ notes accompany the poem ‘The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus’ by Ogden Nash.

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Before reading

  • What do the children understand by ‘morals’. Can they think of stories or poems they have read that have a moral? What is the purpose of a moral?
  • What features tell them this is a poem? Brainstorm their knowledge of poetry devices.
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