We Received A Letter From Ted Scheu!!! Read It Below!

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Dear Ms. Turcot and her amazing poets,
    I hope I’m not too late to share my joy and thanks to you all for sharing your amazingly awesomely cool and wonderful book of poems with me. I love-love-love each and every one! You are the best. Yippee!
    I hope your summers are restful, full and fun. And I hope you do a bunch of writing and reading this summer.
Cheers and chocolates,
Ted

Field Day Information & Volunteers Needed

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Field Day Monday June 15th

To ensure a safe and happy field day events for all please send your child with a refillable water bottle, sunscreen and sneakers on June 15th for Field Day.

9:00-10:40   Grades 2 & 3

1:00-2:40     Kindergarten and First Grade

Volunteers are needed!

Volunteers are needed to help a Summit staff member run each station.  Please sign up using the sign up genius link Grades 2nd & 3rd:   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0945aeac2aa4fc1-grades

Kindergarten & First Grade: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0945aeac2aa4fc1-kindergarten

Visiting Author

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Not only were we entertained today, we  also learned more about writing poetry. Ted Scheu, from Middlebury joined our second grade classes to do just that! He read some of his original poems that made us laugh and think. He explained how he got some of his ideas and taught us how we can “show” our poetry rather than “tell” it. He joined our Writing Workshop and helped us with our own poetry. Thank you Ted!

Untitled from Meghan Turcot on Vimeo.

Take some time and visit his website: http://www.poetryguy.com/

There is even a link to a free download:  http://www.poetryguy.com/poems/books/

Hardworking Poets

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Over the last few weeks, the students have been learning about poetry in both Reading and Writing Workshop.

In Reading Workshop, we have been reading many poems and learning about:

  • Repetition, rhythm and rhyme.

  • We have discussed how to read poems.

  • We have figured out ways to know how a piece of writing is a poem and not a non-fiction text or story.

In Writing Workshop, we are becoming our own poets. Our lessons have taught us how to use our “poets’ eyes” and observe things with our hearts and minds. We have practiced writing poems by looking at objects and choosing words that show what they resemble rather than exactly what is in front of us. For example, with “normal eyes” clouds can be described as white, puffy, floating across the sky, etc. However, with “poets’ eyes” clouds can become cotton candy, pillows, animals in the sky, etc.

Today, we worked together and listened for where line breaks should go. Line breaks help writers to break up their poems into specific lines so that when a poem is read aloud it sounds just right and read in a way the poet intended.

I was so impressed with how students reread poems that they have written, underlined certain words that should go together, in different colors, and then rewrote their poems with line breaks. It was amazing to hear the difference in their two different versions!