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Project Participants Become Poets

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Team members in Christie Bailey's 8th grade ELA class recently completed a multi-media poetry project that confirmed that project based learning engages team members.  Pictured left to right (top row) are: Austin Hall (Arnall MS), Ben Donnelly (East Coweta MS), Savannah Hitchens (Arnall MS) and bottom row, left to right Stephanie Reina (Madras MS), Matthew Wallin (Arnall MS) and Des Roberts (Arnall MS)

Team members in Christie Bailey's 8th grade ELA class recently completed a multi-media poetry project that confirmed that project based learning engages team members. Pictured left to right (top row) are: Austin Hall (Arnall MS), Ben Donnelly (East Coweta MS), Savannah Hitchens (Arnall MS) and bottom row, left to right Stephanie Reina (Madras MS), Matthew Wallin (Arnall MS) and Des Roberts (Arnall MS)

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Team members in Christie Bailey's 8th grade ELA class recently completed a multi-media poetry project that confirmed that project based learning engages team members. Pictured left to right (top row) are: Austin Hall (Arnall MS), Ben Donnelly (East Coweta MS), Savannah Hitchens (Arnall MS) and bottom row, left to right Stephanie Reina (Madras MS), Matthew Wallin (Arnall MS) and Des Roberts (Arnall MS)

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“The poetry project is  one of my favorite projects, definitely in my top four,” said Christie Bailey, CEC’s College and Career Academy 8th grade ELA director.

For this particular project team members were required to write certain types of poems to publish in a poetry book. Overall 50% of the people who participated in this project enjoyed it, 25% did not enjoy the project, and the other 25% were indifferent. Although not everyone who participated enjoyed this project, ¾ of the students now feel more inspired to write poetry.

The hardest part of this project was coming up with the poems and poem names according to team members.  But, “Some team members just didn’t do the assignment while the others procrastinated,” Bailey said.

Other team members confessed to being distracted by current events. “We have some people in our class that really love Donald Trump,” said Madras Middle School team member Renee Strack. “And then there are some people who really like Bernie Sanders, myself included, and at the end of class we would have a debate. We made up poetry right at the very end of class debating about Trump and Sanders.”

Even after all the complaining, most team members said this project wasn’t too hard or too easy; just like Goldilocks, team members agreed that the poetry project was “just right.”

“I really did enjoy this project because I feel it let kids express themselves and it was a creative project that kept the students engaged,” said Savannah Hitchens, an Arnall Middle School team member.

“I enjoyed this project because it was fun making poems,” Ben Donnely, an East Coweta Middle School team member said. Still, others thought it was too personal.“It was way too invasive to what I think should go on at school,” Strack said.

If she had the resources available, Bailey said she would’ve loved to have the Poetry Project incorporate a cafe to make it really come alive with a stage, live background music, and student interns working as baristas and waiting staff.

Some team members would have rather done songwriting or poetry analysis. Other team members were content with making the poetry book. “What if we had an oboe with rock music like how  cool would that be, there’s so much potential with what we could’ve done with this assignment,” Matthew Wallin, an Arnall Middle School team member said.  

Overall, team members enjoyed this project and felt like it expanded their knowledge of poetry. “This project was great I loved it and I think future classes will enjoy it as well. I think it made me a better writer and just expanded my knowledge about my peers and their lives,” April Lindon, an Evans Middle School team member said.

 

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