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April 4, 2017

12th Annual Voice2Youth Poetry Slam

Saturday, April 29th at 1:00 pm Poetry competition showcasing 3rd—12th grade students, Book sale, Music and more Admission is free and donations will be appreciated.  For more information call (817) 306-4441   Poetry Slam Registration    

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DefinitionBurn slightly and superficially so as to affect color.
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In the meantime, we gladly share these poems for teaching poetry.

Team Poetry to Stop Bullying and Meanness

This poem was written after students read a newspaper article about how one little boy was attacked by a group of older boys because they didn’t like his cultural background. These students used their voices to raise awareness and to speak out against bullying and violence. The poem also shows they learned how to use an acrostic and alliteration technique.

Poem title: Bias Brain

Bias brain
So mean
Accusing every different person of something
Bias brain
Full of hurtful hateful discouraging things
Bad, Ignorant, Absolute, Segregating, Brain
Stop being so mean!
Because that’s how you’re going to be treated
Bias brain
Think that everyone has to be the same

All I have to say is shame, shame, shame.

Created by 3rd – 5th Grade Students at Christene C Moss Elementary School, Fort Worth Independent School District

Group Rhythmic Exercise for Students
Here’s a way to use recyclable coffee canisters to stimulate creative writing. Allow 5 to 10 minutes for students to write answers to questions like: Have you ever smelled coffee before? When? What memories or thoughts does it bring to mind?

•Collect ideas: Allow students to read their writings. Then, record them using large sticky notes.
•Edit and arrange: Ask the class to choose their favorite lines. Help them organize the lines into stanzas. Create a poem: Tell students to form a circle and clap their hands in 4/4 time. See if they can fit their poem into this rhythmic pattern.

Poem title: Coffee

Coffee, coffee
Coffee, coffee
I smell coffee in my neighborhood
Wish I had a cup
It would taste so good

Take me to a make believe land
With fountains of milk and sugar canes
Like Peter Pan, I thought I could fly
But then I thought why, why, why
Why can’t I taste what I just smelled?
Oh! What a waste.

Coffee, coffee
Coffee, coffee
I smell coffee in my neighborhood
Wish I had a cup

It would taste so good