Sunday, January 26, 2014

Classroom becomes coffee house for poetry reading

If a Carson Elementary School student comes up to you and says "I'm from..." and then waxes poetic, don't be concerned. It's part of an innovative program at the Linda Vista neighborhood campus. Poetry reading

The result of a grant from CoTA, Collaborations: Teachers and Artists, students have been learning about poetry writing through an intensive study of the elements that drive meaning writing. The school received a three-year grant and was named a Beacon School by CoTA.

"Carson is in its second year of a three year grant funded program that positively impacts every student at our site," said Principal Joe Frescatore. "CoTA's methodology establishes a meaningful connection between the students and the material to be learned resulting in deeper comprehension and heightened critical thinking skills, a priority of the Common Core State Standards."

One of the classrooms, Ms. Lynn's grade 5, was transformed into a coffee shop setting for the culminating poetry reading project. Every student wrote and individually presented a poem from the perspective of "I'm From."
In other news from the campus, student Daniel Ruiz has been invited to speak at the California School Library Association conference this February. Daniel will be introducing Mo Willems, the winner of this year's California Young Reader Medal for primary books for his book We Are In a Book. Daniel's speech will take place on Saturday, February 8 during a dinner cruise from the Bahia Hotel.
For more information on the school, contact Frescatore at (858) 397-6900.