April was National Poetry Month and the elementary students at Summit Christian Academy recently spent time reading, analyzing and writing poetry.
As part of the celebration of the art form, students were able to showcase their work in the school’s third annual Poetry Cafe. During their regular time in the library students explored the fundamentals of poetry composition and discovering their own voice and creativity.
“Poetry is something that I have taken on because it is important for students to be exposed to more than just prose,” said SCA Elementary Librarian Director Alethea Beasley. “Students who delve into understanding poetry, can be challenged to think outside of the box of typical literature and explore the power of words. As students engage in reading, studying, and composing poetry, they learn the importance of intentionally choosing and arranging words.”
Beasley’s approach to inspiring understanding and creativity begins with a focus on the basic definition of poetry with the lower elementary grades and progresses to exploring poetry devices like alliteration, imagery, and onomatopoeia in the upper grades.
So, consistent with the culture of poets, first- through sixth-grade students’ poems were met with the sweet sound of snapping fingers during the Poetry Cafe.