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Poetry reading, college kids, and 5th graders = match made in heaven.
Today 3 wonderful Colby College kids came in to our classroom to begin poetry visits. The first thing they asked was, “Does anyone like poetry?” A few timid hands shyly kind-of went up, but not many. Then one of the college students read William Carlos William’s, The Red Wheelbarrow:
so much depends
a red wheel
glazed with rain
beside the white
Well if you know the book, LOVE THAT DOG, by Sharon Creech, you may be aware of the role that poem plays in that book. We love that book! So the poem was recognized right away by the kids. The atmosphere in the room changed significantly. At the end of the hour long visit and after several poems were read aloud and a class poem written together, the question was asked again, “Does anyone like poetry?” The room went wild; all hands went up as did bodies!
I can’t wait for next week’s visit.