Our Editor-in-Chief recently appeared before Valerie Satterwhite’s 1st Grade class at the Patsy Sommer Elementary School in Austin, Texas via Skype as the special guest poet for a poetry teaching session https://www.txstemconnections.nepris.com/Sessions/session/detail/54983. The session was facilitated by Nepris www.nepris.com. With Dr. Gordon’s help, the children learned how to compose shape poems, acrostics, and traditional haiku, and learned a little about poetic devices.
Several of the first graders submitted poems to Songs of Eretz as part of a special poetry contest just for them. Two young poets were deemed particularly worthy of recognition by Dr. Gordon and were offered five-dollar honoraria and publication in Songs of Eretz. Please enjoy, “To Apple from Tree” by Belle Knox and, “Cats” by Sayee Junnare.
About the Poet: Isabelle “Belle” Knox is seven years old. She likes to draw, bake, dance, and do gymnastics.
Poet’s Notes: I wrote this poem because I really like apples. If we didn't have trees to take care of apples, we would not have apples. I did the shape of a tree because I thought it would be more fun.
Teacher’s Note: It has been a pleasure to see Belle’s confidence grow this school year and her own personality shine. She has really found a love for expressing herself through art and poetry.
Editor’s Note: I enjoy the way the poet uses personification here, which is giving something else properties that only people usually possess. In this case, the tree (parent) is having a conversation (like a person) with its apples (or children, as apples are full of seeds which could grow into apple trees). The poem is in the shape of a tree and has the word “apple” twice, making it an apple tree. I took some editorial liberties with the colors of the words in the presentation and did not include a graphic--this poem is its own graphic.
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About the Poet: Sayee Junnare is six years old. Her favorite subject is science, and her favorite color is gold. She enjoys roller-skating, drawing animals, writing poems, and training dogs. She especially likes to swim and play with her dog, Ginger.
Poet’s Notes: I like animals so I chose to write about cats. Poems are fun to read. I like to make my own.
Teacher’s Note: Sayee is an incredible, kind individual who cares for all people and every living thing. She wants to be a veterinarian, and most of her academic topics revolve around animals, especially dogs and cats. She is extremely bright, hard-working, and a pleasure to teach!
Editor’s Note: This one reminds me a little of the work of one of my favorite poets--Dr. Seuss! Our mascot, Lana the Poetry Dog, thought this one was so good that it almost made her like cats, too--almost!