This year, our amazing Language Arts and Language Enrichment Teachers joined forces to create a Virtual Coffee House and Poetry Oration event. The Middle School Prep students were able to recite two poems for this amazing event: A poem of their choice and an original poem written by the student.
The Fourth and Fifth Graders explored a month-long unit of Poetry in their Language Arts class. They read and shared many different styles of poetry including poems by Langston Hughes, Robert Lewis Stevenson, T.S. Eliot, Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and the beloved Jack Prelutsky.
Students chose their favorite poem to memorize and share. These poems were originally scheduled to kick off the Greek Olympics, but this year, they orated Zoom-style! In their Language Enrichment class, students wrote free-verse poems that they shared.
As Robert Frost, one of the greatest American Poets of the 20th Century once said, "Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words." Students were encouraged to write about something meaningful. They were also encouraged to use as much figurative language as possible. The students' original free-verse poems were insightful, emotional, heartfelt, and incredibly creative.
Thank you to Mrs. Kahn, Mrs. Tirse, Mrs. Suarez, and Ms. Anelle for working together to combine two events into one incredible Virtual Coffee House and Poetry Oration!