Poetry Out Loud (POL) encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.
We have several teachers with different activities focusing on enhancing writing skills. From character development to adding suspense to using sensory details, the teachers pull out all types of unusual prompts and exercises that will have students using their imaginations, thinking outside the box, and secretly stretching their skills.
A two-hour activity in which the students create funny and spooky stories based on the wild characters they create together as a class. The young writers will learn about character traits both physical and emotional, description, setting, and of course, a little bit of humor and suspense. The characters are created as a group, but when they write their own version of the story, anything goes! This program is aimed at 4th-6th-grade students.
A two-hour activity where we show your students fables from the past and present, along with a few from James Thurber himself, and talk about what makes a good fable. They are given the opportunity to write and illustrate their very own fable or work with a partner. They conclude by sharing it with the class to see if they can guess the moral. This program is aimed at 4th-6th-grade students.
A four-session workshop that encourages students to write on topic, develop narratives from the beginning to the end, and write with sensory detail and dialogue, all in keeping with the Common Core Standards. Not to mention, it brings Thurber’s work to life for those who love to look for the funny side of things.