”Perhaps,” I pondered, “my penchant for Poe’s poetry partnered with my profuse passion for painstakingly ponderous puzzles might just proffer the perfect opportunity to propose a perfectly peachy Happy Mother’s Day packed with promise.”
Yes, the Bard has paid a visit to Room 108, and poetry abounds in all LA classes.
- Grade 6: Elements of Poetry (sensory and figurative language, sound devices, and characteristics of lyric and narrative poems); composition (see “If” poems on blogfolios); memorization/recitation: “How To Eat a Poem” by Eve Merriam
- Grade 7: Elements of Poetry; memorization/recitation of classical poetry: Longfellow, Dickinson, Dylan Thomas, Kipling, Frost, Kilmer (see poems, poet bios and reflections on blogfolios)
- Grade 8: Elements of Poetry; poetry as performance art; plays written in verse: memorize and perform selected scenes from “Cyrano de Bergerac” by Edmond Rostand
- Grades 6-8:
- 5/15/12 Chai Reading due
- Chai-light: Imagine that you are a set designer. Create a miniature stage setting (actual or virtual) that depicts a crucial scene in your book. Include a written explanation of the scene.
- 5/23/12 Poetry Test (proposed)
- 5/21-24/12 Poetry Recitations
- 5/28/12 No School: Shavuot, Yizkor, Memorial Day
- 5/30/12 Chai Reading due
- Chai-light: Write a journal/diary entry as one of the book’s characters
- 5/31/12 Talent Show
- 6/01/12 School-wide Kabbalat Shabbat
- 6/01-05/12 Housekeeping
- 6/06/12 Middle School Graduation
- 6/07/12 Last Day of School – Noon Dismissal
- 6/08/12 Summer Break Begins!
Unsolved puzzle courtesy of jigzone.com