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Northbridge MYP Language & Literature students create, interpret and appreciate poetry

Jennifer Lawless
Jennifer Lawless (3 posts) Secondary Language and Literature Curriculum Leader; MYP and DP English Teacher; MYP Drama Teacher View Profile

In 1996, the American Academy of Poets established that April is Poetry Month. Schools all over the world take time in the month of April to celebrate poetic expression. At Northbridge International School Cambodia, MYP Language & Literature classes across all grade levels are investigating poetry as students focus on the creation, interpretation, and appreciation of poems. 

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As an introduction to Poetry Month, students experimented with creating “Blackout Poetry.” In the week before the Khmer New Year holiday, students took a page from an old book, selected meaningful words that could be linked together, and used marker to “black out” the remaining text and add artistic elements. (See photos for examples of student work.)

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As the unit continues, students will work on analyzing poetry and writing poems of their own. They will share their work with their classmates through in-class “Poetry Slams.” Teachers from other subject areas will be invited to share their favorite poems with our students. Our goal is to make poetry accessible to all learners.

Some may wonder if poetry is still relevant or meaningful in today’s society. Students in our Language & Literature classes were asked about the purpose and relevance of poetry:

People write poetry to creatively express themselves, send a message, or tell a story. A poem is more intriguing for readers and writers as it is all about word play and hidden meaning – where a few words can paint a big picture Vatey, Grade 10
The purpose of poetry is to show your emotions in a meaningful way. Poems can also be motivation to some people Thevy, Grade 6
People read poetry to connect and find a sense of belonging Nyta, Grade 10
The purpose of poetry is to let people get more inspiration, motivation, and to express their imagination Ling, Grade 8
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Interested in poetry? Check out these resources:

 

30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month: https://www.poets.org/national-poetry-month/30-ways-celebrate-national-poetry-month

 

Poem of the Day: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/poem-of-the-day

 

13 of the Most Famous Poems: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/best-famous-poems-ever-written

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