For the past two days 3/4KB have been working on the poem titled Identity by Julio Naboa Polanco. This is part of a collaborative project with students from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, USA. Firstly, 3/4KB students used Google Earth to travel to the university. Then they visited the countries of fellow students families. Next, they observed their unique fingerprint and sketched it in their English books. Afterwards, they brainstormed, in table groups, three adjectives about themselves and wrote them down. Then Mrs Booth read the poem to them, twice. The first remark by one student was “What a great poem!” Students then proceeded to break the poem down and a healthy discussion ensued as they debated the meaning and purpose and discussed the metaphors and similes. Using Literacy Genius as a class the children annotated the poem: Identity Lit.Genius
The next day 3/4KB selected a fingerprint template that matched their print. Brainstorming adjectives and creating a word bank of words and sentences connecting to their own unique selves the students proceeded to create their own ‘Identity’ poem. Were they a Weed or a Flower or both? Were they free or trapped?
This was a terrific couple of sessions and all the children remarked how much they enjoyed the whole process. It was also super that it was International Poetry and Harmony Day on Tuesday so what a perfect literacy project to coincide!