Power Up with Poetry

The goals of this project were to increase middle schools students’ knowledge and appreciation of poetry. At a Poetry Alive performance, students were exposed to all genres of poetry and were entertained with poetic oratories. Students were given the opportunity to compose and perform poems. Poetry contests were held and students performed at Poetry Night Expos. The poetry experience incorporated English and social studies lessons and encouraged students to read, write and explore poetry.

Results

The Poetry Alive performance changed students’ preconceived notions that poetry is boring and irrelevant. It exposed them to different genres of poetry and multiple modes of presentations. The Poetry Night Expos will continue next year and the poetry anthologies and magnetic poetry kits will continue to be used.

This project is funded by the CEF MCD Awards Program.
Recipient: Joanne Stanley
School: Robious Middle School