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Educational Consultant/Author, Southern California

Thank you such a profound

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Thank you such a profound piece. I, too, have found students to be amazing poets, and deep appreciators of poetry.

The 7th Grade Poetry

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The 7th Grade Poetry Foundation donates a school-based poetry contest for 7th grade students that offers them the freedom of creative self-expression through an open themed and open style and length approach whete the school selects the winner in written word only criteria, not involving personality or performance. The result is 70% of the winners are not who educators expected and 60% of the winners have never won of contest before. Teachers comment this approach had resulted in them gaining great insight into their students and that students share their work with each other and try to do their best work. Also, the charity donates its innovative 10-day poetry lesson plan for helping educators achieve 7th grade Common Core and State ELA curriculum standards by incorporating its donated school-based poetry contest and using past peer winning poems to introduce the course requirements. Educators can register for this free progrAm on the charity's website http://7gp.org

4th Grade Math, Science and Social Studies teacher

When I was in college during

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When I was in college during my undergrad I had a teacher that started the first day of school with having us to create a poem about our lives. I liked having this opportunity to express myself through writing instead of a question and answer session. I had completely forgotten about this activity until I read this blog. I always have some get to know you activities for the beginning of the year and I think this is something that I am going to use.

3rd grade teacher

thanxxx for sharing ur poetry

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thanxxx for sharing ur poetry idea....im going to apply this in my classroom too:)

Reading Specialist from Hellertown, PA

Elena, thanks for sharing

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Elena, thanks for sharing your students’ poetry and ideas. I am definitely going to do some “Where are you from?” poetry with my community college students! Usually, I do the activity on the Poetrysociety.org website “the Envelope Project, “ which I always have fun with, but I’m going to give this a whirl too! I know many of my students have incredible life experience to tell.

On another note, I discovered a creative writing website with my kids this summer, called Cubert’s Cube that is geared for elementary-aged students. We found it very user-friendly and the kids could work on poetry collaboratively with each other, since the site is Wiki based. They also used the “Gallery” feature to draw illustrations for their poems, and were able to publish them on the website. The teacher account settings were easy to figure out and very secure. I don’t think one can ever be too young or too old to enjoy poetry!

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