Poetry Month Celebrations @ Middle School Pathways World School, Gurgaon
April was celebrated as the Poetry month in various grades of Middle School. The celebrations focussed on how poetry has a significant impact on our culture and identity. National poetry month is a celebration that was first held in 1996 and is yearly led by Academy of American Poets. This is one of the largest literacy celebrations in the world. This year, 2021, marks the 25th anniversary of the National Poetry Month.
Students of MYP1 were given the opportunity to participate in this event and explore their creative writing skills. Students wrote and recited popular poems that were dearest to them, such as ‘My Shadow’ by Robert Louis Stevenson and ‘The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. Apart from this, students also participated in interactive poetry games and activities like creating Haiku poems based on basic questions that popped into their minds, some also recited their favourite poems to their family and friends. Other than this, everyone wrote poems in pairs about their peers.
Students of MYP4 explored various poems in their Language and Literature classrooms, like ‘Dear White Brother’ by Léopold Sédar Senghor, ‘The Hill We Climb’ by Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and many more. The poems helped students to explore the Global Context ‘Identities and Relationships’ by exposing them towards conflicts in identity formation, roles and role models.
Overall, this was a great experience for all students of MYP. It gave them a platform to share their knowledge and their poetry skills with the rest of their peers. National Poetry month was enjoyed deeply by each and every student.