Finding the Superhero in You

Haiku Slam Workshop

Students will find their unique voice through the exploration of Haiku poetry, learning about the origin of Haiku, a short Japanese form of poetry. They will be instructed on how to use a Haiku Evaluation Rubric for Formatting, Clear Imagery & Illustration. Finally, to show off their creativity, students will have the opportunity to participate in a poetry slam.

Mery Tomsick

Folk, Fun and Fairytales, a Musical Sing-Along Journey

This program is an introduction to folk music and folk musicians, including audience participation and sing-alongs to folk music and fairy tales.  Children will be introduced to the guitar, including the parts of the instrument and how it can be played (strumming versus finger picking).  Children will hear stories with musical components (piano/forte) and will sing and use hand signals to reinforce lyrics and melodies.  Songs and stories will feature fantasy creatures, such as dragons and unicorns and a musical trip on a bear hunt.

Who Else Will Write for Me?

Students begin by creating an original work of poetry and finish by making it into a dramatic performance. They will learn PIPES (Projection, Inflection, Pace, Eye Contact, Stance) skills needed for performance poetry and culminate with a spoken word reading, teaching them to transform their work into an artistic tool for self-expression. Teaching artist Ali McClain will expose students to various writing prompts (poetry, movie/TV clips, news, pop culture, etc.) for inspiration. Students will have the opportunity to provide critical feedback during the spoken word readings in an effort to improve performance techniques such as adding gestures for meaning, PIPES and overall content. Ali McClain will emphasize the importance of writing for oneself in order to have a voice in their community and even the world. In addition, students will be exposed to national young spoken word poets, local open mic venues and other resources for encouragement to continue writing.

The Art of Bards – Build a Poem Like Shakespeare or Dickinson

During your unit on Shakespeare or Emily Dickinson, your students may complain and ask, “Why do they talk so funny?” To appreciate the language of Shakespeare or Emily Dickinson, students need to understand poetic meter.  In this program, students will learn about meter and rhyme in the poetry of Shakespeare and/or Emily Dickinson by reading their poems as well as more recent and accessible examples of poetic verse. They will discuss the themes and structure of the model poems, and then write their own poem in meter to experiment with the form.

Lake Erie Ink also offers poetry workshops in spoken word, figurative language, and much more, and can customize a program to meet your students’ needs.