Her poem Run Away Now, Dear and accompanying photograph were chosen for the cover of this year’s LTP student exhibition announcement card. Cards will be distributed in the next few weeks and exhibitions open at the end of July.
I finally was able to visit Zafka’s class at Esperanza yesterday and was thrilled to see the photographs and writing her students have been working on! Angel Hogan was also in the class, this time working with students on learning about Haiku.
Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry that uses THREE lines with alternating syllables or “beats” as Angel described them. “The first line is 5 syllables, the second 7 syllables, and the third, 5 again,” Angel informed the class. Students took turns reading aloud sample Haiku poems that Angel brought along to share and discussed as a group the “beats” in each poem; the different visuals created through each poem and what they thought the overall idea was of the different Haiku.
Students were then given their assignment for the remainder of class: chose TWO of the photographs taken of important people in your life and write a Haiku based on the people/places/spaces in your image. I was able to circle the room and speak with some students about their photographs and help them count out the beats of their poems. Zafka, Angel and Tina assisted all students as they worked through ideas to form their Haiku. It was wonderful to hear them listening to and learning from one another as they determined the best way to express what their photograph meant to them.
I also was given a “sneak peek” at accordion books each student is creating as part of their overall project, dealing with family and the most important people in their lives. Sneaking a few photos myself, you can get a glimpse at the final books that will be on view during the exhibition this May in the slide show below!
Class began at Grover Washington this week with a free-write exercise. Students were shown a photograph of an elephant chained to a truck or vehicle and asked to write anything about the photo that came to mind.
Below are examples of student responses that were shared out loud with the class. It was very interesting to hear the different ways that students interpreted the image.
As class continued, students continued to download and print their photographs. I was able to take Amir, Shakirah, and Saphia around the school to take photographs for their self portrait projects. All three had very specific things they were looking for as we walked around the school. Amir focused on finding objects that reminded him of the NBA and other sports. Shakirah looked for areas in the school that might illustrate her love of music. Saphia wanted her self portrait photographs to show her peaceful side and interest in nature.
This week at Baldi, Ms. Elder showed me some of the first printed photographs from her class. The photos were from a self-portrait assignment where students were allowed to take the cameras home.
Class began with a quick re-cap. Students had completed a poem using the letters in their first and last name and had a discussion about the colors and textures within their photo collections.
Ms. Collier, Moore’s art education student teacher at Baldi, passed out a sheet with the students new assignment: a portfolio poem entitled “If I were in charge of the world.” She explained that the poem will help them find words that describe themselves that they can reference when working on their next self-portrait photography assignment. She reminded them, “think about things you are passionate about and things you like to do and don’t like to do, or things you worry about.
After completing the poems students shared what they wrote and talked about why they chose the words they did and how it describes who they are and how they see themselves.
Arthur Greenwood writes about having ice cream as a vegetable and having no more curfews, boredom, or bedtimes.
Ashlee Cheacley writes that she would like facebook in school and no more bullies.
Sierra Desantis would like to cancel mushrooms and make chocolate a vegetable.
This poem is part of planning exercises that Ms. Collier has developed to really help students have a clear idea of what they would like to photograph. She will continue this type of exercise with the class for the rest of the week. The exercise will then lead into a project focusing on portraits and their facial expressions.