West Hempstead MS Celebrates Poem in Your Pocket Day

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In observance of National Poem in Your Pocket Day, sixth-graders in Karen Terwilliger’s class at West Hempstead Middle School held a poetry slam on April 27.

According to the Academy of American Poets website, New York City installed the observance in 2002 as part of its National Poetry Month celebration. The Academy took the initiative national in 2008. Individuals are encouraged to write their own poem or borrow one from a favorite poet and carry it in their pocket to share with friends, family, classmates and colleagues throughout the day.

Over the course of three weeks, the sixth-graders spent time in the school library researching a variety of poets and their works. After finding a poem they connected with, they used their school-issued Chromebooks to create presentations that highlighted the central idea of the work, as well as figurative language such as repetition, metaphor, alliteration and personification.

Taking the spotlight to recite their poems on April 27, the sixth-graders’ spoken performances were received with snapping, in authentic poetry slam style, from their peers and Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss, Assistant Principal Jonathan Trapani and Director of English, Reading and Library Kathleen O’Farrell.
 
The students will write their own poems for the class’s next poetry slam.