August 2nd - Youth Summer Poetry Workshop
The Gift of Poetry with Sandy Johnson
Grades 3, 4, and 5
Thursday - August 2nd, 2018
$20 for class and materials
Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 26th
Young participants review the writing process and steps they need to compose a Japanese poem, a Haiku. Students are encouraged to bring a photo of a special place they have visited, a person, or pet that is important in their lives. Sandy reviews terms such as "rough draft", "editing", "final draft" and provides a small booklet they can use in this workshop as a resource for descriptive words for their Haiku project. Once students' Haikus are 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. Students will also be provided an opportunity to share their poems with other workshop students.
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.
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.