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Gilligan’s Ancient Mariner Gang

This is just for fun. I ran a workshop at the Literacy/ Numeracy consultants’ day that was based on an idea I picked up at ETA conference. Apparently, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the Gilligan’s Island theme and the Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight are all written in the same stanza pattern – 4,3,4,3 rhymed abab. Okay, Sugarhill gang breaks away from that but it’s still a great idea!

 I’ve added in some skip hop from Butterfingers as well – thanks Alison Byrne for suggesting this. I had the lyrics cut up and stuck onto A5 card to make them easier to use.

 So here’s some selected lyrics and stanzas ready for a mash-up. I did it with just some improvised instruments – bottles, cans, an old tennis racquet, a bucket ‘drum’…. Keep the beat at a walking pace, don’t overdo the instruments. With a good class you can even get to the point of improvising lyrics.

 And just for fun, try singing


IT is an ancient Mariner,

  And he stoppeth one of three.

  ‘By thy long beard and glittering eye,

 Now wherefore stopp’st thou me?’


to the tune of Gilligan’s Island. Bet you won’t get that out of your head today….


Pass this straight on to your drama capable folks if it’s not your style. But if I were looking for a fun, end-of-year poetry lesson with years 7-9, I reckon I’d be going here! Here’s the link: Coleridge Rappers Delight Lyrics


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One thought on “Gilligan’s Ancient Mariner Gang

  1. Totally useless, but “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” fits the tune of “God Save the Queen”

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