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A Book of Poetry

School: Duggan Middle School

City/State: Springfield, MA

Grade(s): 6

Format(s): Poetry

Subject(s): English Language Arts

Project Overview

6th grade students from the Duggan Middle School in Springfield, Massachusetts created this book of poetry as part of a collaboration between an English and a visual arts teacher.

In this book students superimposed their original poetry - written on a wide range of topics, using several different poetry forms - on top of student-crafted watercolor paintings. Students also included a section at the beginning that describes “how to write” the types of poetry in their book.

This book was professionally produced, using high quality glossy paper, and center-staple bound, using funds from a federal magnet grant, and was sold in the community. 

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • Highlights an example of an interdisciplinary English/Arts project
  • Demonstrates the impact of professionally produced student work
  • The paintings and poetry together create an engaging and pleasing product
  • Student work is honored via the professionally produced book

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can maintain consistency in style and tone when writing and speaking.
  • I can analyze figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
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