Pilgrim Lutheran School

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Pilgrim School Reading
Submitted by Larry Dean on June 2, 2011 - 1:36pm.
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To commemorate the end of the 2010-2011 residency, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders from Pilgrim gathered in the chapel earlier this week to share one poem apiece from the year's writing. I was reminded of (and humbled by) the amazing variety of voices and experiences here, with uniquely distinct poems written in response to ideas shared across grade levels. Great work, everyone!

Congratulations to all the student readers, who did a terrific job, and thank yous to teachers, Mrs. Sobjack and Mrs. Tighe; to principal, Mr. Maring; and to the wonderful (and well-named) support staff at Pilgrim!

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All Schools Reading
Submitted by Larry Dean on May 19, 2011 - 2:54pm.
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Students from Pilgrim read at the Hands on Stanzas All Schools Reading last night at the School of the Art Institute Ballroom. Great job, everyone!

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The Copyright, Purple Super Coconut Cow, Dynamite, All Ideas, All in Our Words, What We Wrote, Utterly Random Class Poem
Submitted by Larry Dean on May 9, 2011 - 11:31am.
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Our final class was last week...the year flew by! Of course, ten weeks in one room, with Ms. Sobkack's 5th and 6th graders, followed by ten weeks in our current classroom is a bit unusual, making the residency, an experience that is quite compressed anyway, even more so. Still, it seemed as if we were just getting our poetic feet wet, when we had to get out of the pool!

Since we still have an end of the year reading featuring both classes at Pilgrim, I'll save my final comments until then. In the meanwhile, we did have a chance to read one more poem and write something in response to it.

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Fire & Memory
Submitted by Larry Dean on May 3, 2011 - 9:22am.
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Last week, for our penultimate class, we read "Nighttime Fires" by humorist, feminist, and poet, Regina Barreca. Unlike some other poems we've read this semester, this one is narrative in scope, telling a more or less straightforward story about a young child's memory of their evening excursions to watch burning buildings as instigated by their father.

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Notes on...
Submitted by Larry Dean on April 25, 2011 - 12:37am.
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Last week, we read June Jordan's very funny poem, "Notes on the Peanut." The speaker in the poem is famous inventor and scientist, George Washington Carver, who recites a litany of uses for the "lowly leguminous plant" of the title.

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The Catalpa
Submitted by Larry Dean on April 17, 2011 - 4:57pm.
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Last week we read John Ciardi's poem, "The Catalpa." Students initially recognized that the poem was about some kind of plant, but it's a tribute to Ciardi's skill as a poet that it was not readily obvious that the poem describes a particular kind of tree, even though the seventh line clearly says so.

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Simply Building
Submitted by Larry Dean on April 10, 2011 - 7:01pm.
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Throughout his life, George Oppen was an individualist. He abandoned the materialistic lifestyle of his wealthy parents, traveled widely with his wife, and even quit writing poetry for a period of time that extended over two decades. His own work became associated with what William Carlos Williams coined Objectivist poetry, which could be described as writing very simply and directly.

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Poem(s)
Submitted by Larry Dean on March 25, 2011 - 1:02pm.
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William Carlos Williams decided in high school to become both a poet and a doctor, twin paths he would pursue vigorously throughout his lifetime.

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...Not going
Submitted by Larry Dean on March 21, 2011 - 9:49am.
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This week we read a poem by English poet, Philip Larkin called "Coming." In it, the speaker describes what sounds like a childhood memory, but of what? Students recognized that the poem is set just before spring begins, but as we looked more closely at some of Larkin's particular word choices, and defined them, further details regarding place became clearer, as well as the speaker's motivations and revelations.

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Mirror, Mirror
Submitted by Larry Dean on March 14, 2011 - 12:47am.
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Continuing along a theme and discussion from our previous class, last week we read Sylvia Plath's "Mirror" and focused on identifying the poem's speaker. While most students recognized the voice as that of the mirror itself, Plath's poem goes further on the theme of reflection by incorporating references to water, and uses many water-related words and images to reinforce the theme.

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