A Blend of Healthy Friendships and Haiku Poetry to Start the Day

Creative Workshop # 3 at Girls Inc. focuses on a new form of poetry and incorporates healthy friendships.

As always, I'm continually enjoying teaching at Girls Inc., every two weeks. These girls are awesome and I'm really proud of them. I'm proud of how eager they are to learn and how humble they are. This week's group was so much bigger than the first two groups. I was about to teach nearly 30 girls. Was I hesitant that they wouldn't listen to me? No. Instead I was excited to have a classroom filled with minds, smiling back at me. Some of the girls that I met during the first workshop, welcomed me waves and smiles, telling me how happy they were to see me. 

Hopefully they're enthusiasm wouldn't change when I began the day's lesson. Since we discussed self-esteem during the previous workshop, I wanted the girls to move forward with healthy friendships. To begin the class, we recapped fiction and nonfiction writing  ( to tie it in to our activity). 

Afterwards, I asked the girls to pretend that they have a bully at school and they're hoping to get rid of the bully. So, if they were to write a letter to their bully, what would they say? What acts of kindness would they extend to the other person? 

I mentioned to them, they could be as creative as they wanted in their letter or they could be true to themselves and write the letter as a real-life stort (non-fiction).

They're letters were amazing-filled with so much thought and effort addressing bullying and the effects of it. It was great, that nearly the whole class wanted to share what they wrote. 

Awesome!

Our next activity, involved an intro to Haiku poetry. If you're not familiar with Haiku poetry, here's the definition below:

Haiku Poetry (merriam-webster) : an unrhymed verse form of Japanese origin having three lines containing usually five, seven, and five syllables respectively; also :  a poem in this form usually having a seasonal reference

In my opinion, this form of poetry, just like acrostic poetry is a great way to start writing poetry for kids.  Once again, I was happy with their work. The girls opened up their minds to think outside the box this form of poetry. Some of them wanted to extend their lines into several lines, instead of the traditional three-line Japanese poem. 

All in all, a success once again. The girls learned a new skill, learned the importance of surrounding themselves with positive friends, and reflected on the effects of bullying. 

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