Poetry Week is ArtSpace Charter School’s annual celebration of all things poetry! Usually celebrated during the month of April (National Poetry Month), ArtSpace students in grades K-8 have the opportunity to participate in a variety of fun and creative poetry activities!
Teachers kick off the week with “Fools for Poetry”, an all-school assembly where teachers recite, perform and dramatize their favorite poems. Always a hit with the students, “Fools for Poetry” allows them to see that poetry can be fun, serious, and sometimes very silly! The walls of the school during the whole month of April are literally lined with poetry, featuring teachers’ favorites, student poetry, and everything in between.
Classroom visitors include parent poets, local Asheville poets, and poetry workshop leaders. Each day begins with a student-read poem on the announcements, and ends the same way! A highlight of Poetry Week is the artist-in-residence, who performs for the students, and sometimes works with individual classes on poetry craftsmanship. Previous artists-in-residences have included Glenis Redmond, Poetry Alive! and Allan Wolf.
Poetry Week ends with a K-4 Poetry Jam, where students in grades K-4 recite original or favorite poets, and the 5-8 Poetry Slam, where students in grades 5-8 compete for a chance to win the title of “Slam Master” for the year, and an opportunity to go on to the county-wide youth poetry slam, WORDslam. Last year’s 3rd prize at WORDslam went to ArtSpace’s own Raven McKnight!
At ArtSpace, we love poetry throughout the year, but Poetry Week is our chance to spend an entire week straight living and breathing figurative language!