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Complete the Smoker's Epitaph Poems

Each of these Smoker's Epitaph Anti-Smoking Poems is missing its last line. Can your students figure out what the line is? For a hint, look at the third line of each poem. The last line must rhyme with the third line. Good luck. Once your students have become pros at Smoker's Epitaphs, let them try writing their own!

Here lies Sam Shay.
Smoked six packs a day.
He started smoking when he was one.
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Here lies Sam Shay.
Smoked six packs a day.
He started smoking when he was two.
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Here lies Sam Shay.
Smoked six packs a day.
He started smoking when he was three.
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Here lies Sam Shay.
Smoked six packs a day.
He started smoking when he was four.
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Here lies Sam Shay.
Smoked six packs a day.
He started smoking when he was five.
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Here lies Sam Shay.
Smoked six packs a day.
He started smoking when he was six.
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Here lies Sam Shay.
Smoked six packs a day.
He started smoking when he was seven.
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Here lies Sam Shay.
Smoked six packs a day.
He started smoking when he was eight.
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Here lies Sam Shay.
Smoked six packs a day.
He started smoking when he was nine.
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Here lies Sam Shay.
Smoked six packs a day.
He started smoking when he was ten.
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Stumped? Figured them all out? While there are many different last lines you could write, click here to see what poet Bruce Lansky wrote.

 

Copyright 1999 by Bruce Lansky. Reprinted with permission of the author.