A ‘Snappy’ Performance

To show off their writing skills and creativity, second-grade classes at Harley Avenue Primary School hosted a 1960’s-inspired poetry slam, where students read their original poems for parents, peers and administrators.

To begin the monthlong study unit, the second-graders were encouraged to look at ordinary objects in interesting ways using “poet’s eyes.” They learned about and wrote different types of poetry, such as list, story, personification and conversation. After revising and editing their poems, teachers helped the students select the piece they wanted to share at the poetry slam.
Dressed in fun accessories, the students took the stage to read their poems for the audience. Following each reading, audience members snapped their fingers to applaud the student. All poems were displayed on tables afterward for attendees to enjoy and leave positive written comments.