For two weeks at Springs School in East Hampton, Megan Chaskey worked with thirty 8th Graders to write and edit personal poems. Each student created a hand-bound art book of their original poetry using fabrics and artboard. The students’ finished works of book art will be presented at a poetry reading in May.
- Exploring the vital elements of poems, starting with expressive and interesting words, metaphor, sound and sense. Exploring how we express feeling, understanding and even narrative in poems.
- Beginning with listening to a few great examples of poetry, we move into writing a group poem as a way to explore the process of writing poems.
- Witnessing each other’s poems with supportive, constructive comments, reinforcing how to really notice what makes a poem work.
- Polishing poems into their final form.
- The body of the book — collating the poems either as handwritten pages or printed as documents in the correct layout including any images the students would like to include.
- Creating the books — Sewing the pages together; covering the book with fabric; inserting the pages into the cover.