The sixth grade teacher found this project idea in Georgia Heard's book Awakening the Heart; Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School. I have mentioned this book before when I was posting about Nanci Atwell's Lessons That Change Writers. Heard tells about how she first encountered the New York City Poetry in Motion Project when she found a poem posted on a public bus. She also found poems posted in the women's rest room at the Columbia University's Teachers College. A secretary started doing it at the Teacher's College. Every week she posted a different poem. She had women from all over the college coming in to her office and asking for copies of the poems she posted. Once a man came in and when she asked if he had been in the woman's restroom he admitted that he was the window washer and he was reading the poems through the window as he worked. He wanted a copy of one for his daughter.
In Awakening the Heart Heard tells a story of when she was teaching a poetry class to a group of third graders one day. She says:
"Instead of collecting poems we love and putting them in a book, we'll make anThey gather clip boards and search the school for likely places to post poems. Then they choose poems, make posters and stick them up all over the place. I think this is a fabulously exciting exercise for school children to do. It reminds me a lot of bloggers doing Friday Poetry every week. Have you ever printed out a poem and hung it up somewhere? What if we all started doing that In Real Life, in print as well as in blogs? Extend the movement people!
anthology out of the walls and spaces around the school. It will be our jobs to
make sure poetry is all around the building so other students and teachers can
have a chance to read some poetry. in a few minutes, we'll take a tour of the
building to search for good places to put poems. To start with, we'll look for a
place where people wait in line with nothing to do, a place where they could
just as well read a poem that's right there on the wall."
Friday Poetry is being rounded up at Sara Lewis Holme's blog Read, Write Believe today. Go read!
Awakening the Heart
Teaching Poetry Ideas