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“How do poems grow? They grow out of your life,” according to poet and educator Robert Penn Warren. On Thursday, May 5, sixth-and seventh-graders at Elite Scholars Academy shared their expressions of life through poetry. The special presentation, called “Meet the Poets,” was offered as a reading and dedication of original works. The program allowed sixth- and seventh-graders to present what they learned in English Language Arts classes taught by Brenda Mallory.
“Poetry is one of the genres of literature that students must master,” said Mallory. “The purpose of this class project was to help students analyze and evaluate various literary/poetic devices, and apply this knowledge in a student-centered manner.”
“We are very proud of our students’ use of poetry for self-expression,” said Principal Shonda Shaw as she addressed parents and guests for the dedication of the student poetry volumes. “Their use of language is an example of the application of rigorous instruction.”
After each poet shared a selection from his or her book, the book was added to the Elite Scholars Academy library collection. The books of original poetry are housed in the Poetry Plaza, a special rack featuring each author’s name.
Each of the 28 student-authored books contains three original poems of eight different types including free verse, narrative, and ballad. All books include an autobiography, dedication page, table of contents, glossary, and illustrations by the young poets.
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Dr. Diana Carry, center, quizzes students from Pointe South Elementary on project research findings.
Academic Gallery reflects levels of understanding
When Dr. Diana Carry, chief academic officer, center; made her way to the Pointe South Elementary display board at the final Academic Gallery for this school year, she warned student docents manning the board that she was a fast reader.
Seconds later she was questioning three astonished student lecturers about their display, titled, "Students as Wise Investors." She asked them about the companies on which they based their project and the method of research used to conduct their study.
Student docents, in the above photo from left to right, Jamael Shootomide, Maia Williams, and Ololade-Segu Abdulai, all fourth graders in Brenda Kirk's gifted class, provided Dr. Carry with background on the companies used in their research. They shared information on the profits that each company had made in the past five years, and how the recession had affected their earning margins within that time period.
Twenty district elementary, middle, and high schools, displayed work at the Gallery, which has been held twice each academic year since 2009. "I was pleased with all of the projects," said Dr. Gloria Duncan, gallery coordinator. "The attendance, school participation, and student projects were very good."
One project that she noted in particular was titled, "Analyzing the Rhetoric of Conflict on Campus," by students at Lovejoy High. She had received the most feedback from this project, saying that it showed a lot of student insight and that they were thinking outside the box.
"Projects developed for the Academic Gallery give students an opportunity to self reflect, conduct research, and enhance their oral presentation skills," Dr. Duncan added.
"I am impressed with the confidence in which students delivered their oral presentations. This lets us know that what they have applied will be used, and it will remain present in their everyday lives."
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