Stearley Heights Elementary School Roving Reporters covered the Stearley Heights Elementary School Poem in Your Pocket celebration on Friday, June 1st. This was their 4th annual poetry event and every student at SHES was ready because they had all created an original poem to present to their groups.
Kindergarteners wrote and illustrated personal puzzle poems and 1st graders wrote poems about who they are. 2nd graders researched a specific animal, and then worked with Mr. Kinjo, one of our Host Nation teachers, to create an origami representation of their animal. Students in grades 3-5 were introduced to many types of poetry through the use of flip-books which presented seven types of poetry. In addition, 3rd graders focused on haiku’s and shape poems, 4th graders focused on shape and found poems, and 5th graders fabricated false apology poems…or were they real???
Dr. Westbrook (aka The Librarian) began poetry instruction with all grade levels in January. She has found that students love to write poems, especially when they find out that all the grammar rules their teachers make them use can be thrown out the window when writing poetry! SHES students discovered that poetry has been written and performed for over a thousand years. During the Medieval Ages, poetry readings were held which would often end with poetry jousts; the poets would choose a person from the audience to insult through a poem they made up on the spot. Poetry became less popular for a while, but made a huge comeback in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s due to the beatniks. They held poetry jams but had problems finding a place to perform due to the noise their clapping made after each poetry performance. They solved this problem by snapping their fingers to show their appreciation and the students at SHES continue this tradition by snapping their fingers three times following each performance (or using clappers if their “snappers” don’t work yet—the favorite part for Skylar!) and they wear pockets to highlight that it is Poem in Your Pocket Day.
On Friday, class groups gathered in the library for the poetry jams. Students were sorted into mixed-age groups to perform their poems. Older students helped the younger students read their poems. Students were interviewed after their performances. Elliot’s favorite part of the experience was “when I read my poem.” Leilah “was a little shy and thinks she did good” when presenting her poem. Kamora’s “favorite part was hearing the wonderful poems.” Poetry truly rocked at SHES.
The community is invited to drop by and view the incredible student poetry works which will be on display in front of the Information Center/Library through June 14th.