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|Project Title: ||Cross-Age Poetry|
|School Year: ||2007|
|School - District:||Drury High - North Adams|
|Contact Name:||Karen Bedard|
|Content-Area(s):||English Language Arts|
|Grades:||9, 10, 11, 12|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
The purpose of this project is to access the social and emotional learning of students at risk as they develop skills and competencies helping others. The high school students were able to write about their lives and process where they have been and where they are going. Each student was able to identify with the experiences of their classmates. The students eventually prepared themselves to teach two different poetic formats to 3rd graders. The students wrote samples of these poems along with a list of adjectives to share with the 3rd grade students. Third grade students also need opportunities to write and learn about themselves. Poetry is a great way to do this and it is a major part of the 3rd grade Frameworks. The poetry was then transferred onto black and white photos of each student. These photos were displayed at the North Adams Public Library. The high school students worked with a student teacher from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
Third grade students need to enhance their writing and poetry skills. They also need to be given the opportunity to learn about themselves and others through writing.
|Service Component: |
High school seniors helped 3rd graders write autobiographical poetry. Approximately 20 hours of service was conducted. The high school students worked closely with the 3rd graders as they wrote and revised their poems.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
This project addressed several Framework connections. The main connections involved poetry, writing, and revising. The high school students needed to read the 3rd grade Frameworks as well as their own. They also had to refresh their poetry and writing skills in order to work with the 3rd graders. All students considered their audience while writing for a purpose.
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
The high school students had a voice in several aspects of the project. They had to decide what they would teach and how they would do it. They had to research the 3rd grade curriculum in order to understand what 3rd graders should know. They also had to develop an itinerary for the days that we worked with the 3rd grade students. They also worked on developing the names for the project.
|Student Reflection Component: |
This project was actually the culminating activity for the year. The students have been asked to write several reflective pieces about themselves throughout the year. They were asked to reflect upon their experiences in 3rd grade as well as the most difficult situation that they had to deal with. Reflection also occurred in the format of a discussion during our planning and implementation process.
|Community Partners Involved: |
The students worked with a student teacher from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. The student teacher worked with the 3rd grade students at the elementary school. The education director at Williams College Museum of Art was also involved in the project on the idea level. The education director attended the opening of the show at the North Adams Public Library.
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
The celebration occurred at the opening of our photograph and poetry display at the North Adams Public Library.
|Evaluation of Project’s Impact:|
Students will be asked to evaluate the impact of this project. They will be asked what they would do differently in the future.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
* NOTE: This project summary was written by the district/community. Any text in italics was added or modified by the Department (ESE). Most of these projects were supported with Learn & Serve America funds distributed through the ESE.