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The Gift of Poetry (APRIL 13)

The Gift of Poetry (APRIL 13)


The Gift of Poetry 
with Sandy Johnson

Saturday, April 13th

  • Time: Afternoon 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Cost: $25.00 for class and materials
  • Ages: Grades 3, 4, and 5
  • Instructor: Sandy Johnson

 Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 10th!

Workshop Description
To have students, grades 3, 4, & 5, learn and use the process of writing a Japanese poem - a Haiku - and sharing it as a card. This class will focus on the art and value of language as used in  speech, writing, essays, and lyrics in music.
Overview: This class is 2 hours long. Young participants review the writing process and steps they need to compose a Japanese poem, a Haiku. I also share with them examples of my writing, as well as Haikus of some of my former students. Students are encouraged to bring a photo of a special place they have visited such as a lake or park setting or a photo of a person or family pet that is important in their lives. I review the terms such as "rough draft", "editing", "final draft", and provide a small booklet they can use in this workshop as a resource for descriptive words they could use in their Haiku project. Once their Haiku is completed, they can select a decorative blank card and envelope to use for their final draft, as well as a message to the recipient of their poem. Finally, 15 minutes is used for students to read and share their Haikus with other workshop students if they so choose to do so.
Each student will receive a copy of Sandy Johnson's children's book "Rock Island" and a CD of music and words by Sandy to take home with them.

A parent is welcome to stay with their child for this writing class if they choose.

About the Instructor:
From author and retired public school teacher, Sandra Johnson:
I grew up in Wisconsin and, after high school, I earned my Natural Science degree at UW – Madison. Later in my teaching career,  I earned my degree in elementary education from UW – Green Bay.  As a retired Green Bay public school teacher,  I still enjoy working with kids, and I take an active role in volunteering in several historic venues like the Tall Ships Festival in Green Bay.  My husband, Carl, is a retired history teacher.  We both are historical re-enactors as members of the British 60th Regiment of Foote that is an organization that portrays the British military unit that actually was in Green Bay from 1761 to 1763.
I want to encourage young  readers and young-at-heart readers to learn more about Wisconsin’s history.  Imagine, over three hundred years ago, the long Voyageur birchbark canoes loaded with paddlers and trade goods breaking through the dark blue waves on  the bay to reach the early French fur trade center La Baye Vert that we know today as Green Bay.

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