It’s nearly Spring, and at The Cooper School that means one thing…Poetry! Each year, TCS creates an amazing poetry publication and puts on a poetry performance called Pass It On. For the next month, students in all classes will be fully engulfed in poetry. They will read poems, write poems, analyze poems, learn and use poetic devices such as alliteration, repetition, rhythm and rhyme. Fourth Graders were especially excited to walk into the classroom and find poems taped to butcher paper that covered the tables. Students analyzed the poems and then responded by writing on the paper. As students switched seats or transitioned throughout the day, they read the responses and commented by leaving their thoughtful opinions. By the end of the day, students were thrilled to read each response or the comment written by their fellow peers. All and all, this is a favorite time of year for both students and staff, as the whole school falls in love with poetry.
On Tuesday afternoon, young poets joined Matthew Foley, a local author and poet, for a special poetry workshop. He kicked off the workshop discussing the elements of poetry. However, focusing on one particular element that often feels tricky for young writers, the element of rhyme. He emphasized that when used subtly and choosing the right rhyming words the poem becomes musical. He prompted eager writers to begin their poems with the phrase, “In my dream I saw”. Students wrote furiously all the while trying to incorporate words that rhymed. We look forward to working with Matthew again as the Pass It On season continues.
St. Patrick’s Day
The Cooper School’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration includes a look at traditional Irish poetry, limericks, and a visit from the leprechauns. Students enjoyed hearing some silly limericks from classic poets as well as new ones. They then got to go on a “hunt” to find the present that was left for them from the “leprechauns”. Each student got a green necklace and a silly limerick to enjoy.
Saturday, March 24th Spring Planting Party
Friday, March 30th Spring Break begins
Monday, April 9th Return from Spring Break