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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.