Finding Mutual Talents Diverse Kids Share Poetry

By Rooney, Jackie | The Florida Times Union, February 20, 1999 | Go to article overview

Finding Mutual Talents Diverse Kids Share Poetry


Rooney, Jackie, The Florida Times Union


Poetry is the bridge that brought grade-schoolers from Ponte Vedra Beach together with middle school students from Jacksonville recently.

In spite of differences in life experience, age and ability, they came together to publish a book of poetry.

The result is that Danielle Reed and 45 of her fourthgrade classmates at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Elementary School in Ponte Vedra Beach published Brainstorms: A Look at Life Our Way. Their mentors were Matthew Gilbert Middle School students in Jacksonville.

The two sets of students met in person for the first time Feb. 11 to celebrate the publication of the collection of 75 poems written by the fourth grade Program for Academic and Creative Endeavors students at Rawlings.

The children's work touches a variety of topics from Alaska to Hawaii, Fourth of July to Christmas and sunrise to sunset. For example:

The night is pencil lead dark Still, so peaceful A giant black sheet covers the sky like a blanket over a bed Covering, Protecting, Shielding

From The Night Silence by Matt Mercel.

"I was sitting outside one night and I just thought about writing a poem of the darkness," Matt said.

Last fall, a mix of students, some with learning disabilities, at Matthew Gilbert published original poetry as part of an incentive program offered by a New York-based company, Chapbooks for Learning.

Christine Reed, Danielle's mother and an exceptional education teacher at Matthew Gilbert, learned about Chapbooks at a conference in Texas, so she teamed with regular education teacher Malisa Kilpatrick. Their combined classes formed a poetry workshop. A bond grew between the exceptional and regular students as they worked together. The finished product, Young Minds are Infinite, became the first book to be published by Chapbooks using an Internet/Web-based system.

Then Danielle, an unlikely link between the disparate schools, wanted her Ponte Vedra Beach classmates to publish a book as her mother's eighth-grade students had done. She urged her mother to tell Rawlings gifted-class teacher Dee Esser about the Chapbooks program. Esser collaborated with teachers Ingrid Stoneberger and Arlene Dittmer, and their students wrote to the Matthew Gilbert students saying how much they liked their book. The Matthew Gilbert students replied: "You guys ought to try it," Esser said.

A mentorship developed between "the affluent group of fourth-grade Ponte Vedra kids who are gifted" and the "inner-city kids who have a lot of challenges," as letters carried by Danielle went back and forth between the two schools, Esser said.

Poems were sent to the Gilbert kids, such as:

The sea is a deep wonderland With animals of all kinds The wind is an oo-ing band The waves capture things for us to find. The fish come in all sizes Big, little, short and tall With so many shapes and colors That no one can name them all.

From A Majestic Mystery by Kamryn Nordsiek

"It was wonderful. The Gilbert kids were able to lend their point of view on some of the things that my kids wrote, and they would write notes and say `Well, your description of the ocean, that's really beautiful. You're going to find this hard to believe, but I've never been to the ocean.'"

Finally, the schools came together at Rawlings Feb. 11, and a beaming Danielle moderated the young authors' poetry reading/book-signing celebration and greeted the guests from Matthew Gilbert.

"Our classes have been working on this book since early November, and I'm very proud that you have come today to share in our excitement of becoming authors," Danielle said. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Finding Mutual Talents Diverse Kids Share Poetry
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.