Sixth Graders Celebrate Poetry—with Properly Poured Tea
Posted 04/28/2017 02:49PM


"I've been doing this event for 10 years," mused OES Humanities and Spanish educator Charley Adams, "and I've never seen a spread like this!"

Mr. Adams was referring to the delicious array of teatime treats his sixth grade students brought to the library in order to celebrate the beauty of poetry. As students snacked on rainbow cupcakes, gummy bears, and ice cream, they settled in to listen to their peers deliver poems.

Well before this culminating presentation, each student chose a work of verse to share with their classmates. They studied the pieces and completed a "Poetry Celebration Practice Accountability Sheet" to practice elements of public speaking such as using good posture, projecting one's voice, and speaking slowly. And every poem was recited from memory!

Selected poems ranged from smooth, beat-poet style verses about basketball games to works by Edgar Allan Poe. Bella K. '23 chose to share "Sing Song," by Rita Dove. When asked why she chose this particular work, Bella explained that "It reminded me of me, and I liked the way it flowed."