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I have spent this week working with our high ability kids in our corporation. SPARK Camp (Super Powered Activities to Recharge Kids) is a great way for kids to work on projects which spark their interests and minds.
The last two summers I have offered a writing session. This year it was poetry. I felt a little inadequate or boring because other sessions were using hour of coding, Rube Goldberg, 3-D printer, Augmented Reality, spheros and ollies and I used...a notebook and a pencil.
To enrich my session with technology, I decided we would Skype and create a "book" using Google slides. On Wednesday, my younger group Skyped with Maragaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche. Please visit her blog to read more about our visit. I decided to use haiku with the younger group because I thought it would be an easier form that could be finished in three days. We collaboratively wrote a haiku with Margaret, and then they set off to write their own using an image about a summer day.
The last two days we completed the Google slides. Below are two examples from the collection: Sparks - A Haiku Collection.
These two poems happen to be about something they observed during our walk in our nature center.
Then on Thursday, my older group Skyped with Laura Purdie Salas. I used her word play poem lesson on her website. After a collaborative effort of writing one together, my writers chose their topics and and went to work exploring the thoughts and feelings of their word. They also published using Google slides in Summer Voices: A Collection of Poems.
This week was amazing! My students and I were privileged to be taught by these three (including Linda's contribution of haiku) wonderful writers! I hope this camp has SPARKed their interest in poetry!