This week I had the opportunity to teach my second creative writing class for Girls Inc. of Dothan. I thorougly enjoyed the girls. I wanted to continue discussing self-esteem with the girls, while incorporating different styles of poetry. The first activity introduced the girls to the basic elements of poetry, letting them know that all poetry doesn't have to rhyme.
They were able to create one of the simplest forms of poetry-list poems. Theirs in particular focused on the concepts of " home." The second activity, focused on acrostic poetry and for those of you that aren't familiar with acrostic poetry, here's a definition below:
For their, version of the acrostic poem, the girls used their names and each letter formed sentences, of positivity and uniqueness about themselves. Of course, everyone had an opportunity to share. Also, what would a creative writing class of poetry be without Maya Angelou? Easy, it wouldn't be a class, which is why we focused on her work also, specifically her poem "Equality." I wanted the girls to continually think outside of the box while telling me what they interpreted from the poem (emphazing there was no right or wrong answer, because poetry is about being true to yourself).
This group of girls made me smile and again I'm looking forward to our next lesson.