engagement of our students. As we were planning our poetry unit, we had an idea. We wanted to teach students about different types of poetry and set a goal for each student to publish a book of their favorite self-written poems.
We focused on six different poems: I Am, Cinquain, Acrostic, Senses Poem, Simile Self-Portrait, and a Number Poem. Each of these poems challenged our students to grow stronger writing skills and more expressive creativity. At the end of each lesson, students were invited to the “Poetry Lounge”. Other
than the name and the rule of snapping instead of clapping, the physical area was no different than our normal rug time. However, for our students, this was a time to shine. I saw our students’ imaginations blossom with a stronger sense of self confidence and a passion for poetry as we worked
throughout this unit.
To celebrate this accomplishment, we planned a poetry-publishing party. Our small idea grew quickly. Invitations were sent, RSVP cards returned, and we have over 80 guests on our party list! Twenty-seven students and two teachers were grinning ear to ear - the event was a huge success! I hope
this is an event that students and parents will cherish forever. I also hope that this is an event I can take with me wherever my teaching journey leads.
Molly Beth Duddy (with 2nd grade mentor, Haley Hay)
2017-2018 TEAM Model Clinical Resident
A. E. Phillips Laboratory School, Ruston, LA