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The Bicycle of Poetry: Riding Through the Senses

The Bicycle of Poetry: Riding Through the Senses
Students will write poetry about a person, place or thing, using various poetic techniques and exploring the five senses to describe sensory details. A bicycle will aid students in their writing: a real bicycle will serve as a concrete example and a bicycle image will serve as a graphic organizer. One wheel will display elements of poetry (i.e. onomatopoeia, alliteration, descriptive language, personification, simile/metaphor, imagery); the other wheel will display the five senses (touch, taste, sound, sight and smell). By modelling and sharing examples of poetry, the artist will introduce students to various poetic techniques; then they will explore the senses through "Senses Stations" where they will write descriptive words inspired by each sensory station. Students' grade level and the residency length will determine the poetic techniques investigated. A residency may conclude with an open mic to celebrate students' poetry. Workshop can be condensed according to school's needs.

Artist Background

Megan Oteri is an educator with vision and purpose. Her forte is helping students find their unique voices, and unleashing the power of story within each child. She is no stranger to the classroom, having taught for 15 years a wide range of students from elementary through high school. Her writing and photography has appeared in national publications. Degrees and Training: BA - Special & Elementary Education; MA - English (Creative Writing); Certified NC teacher; Kennedy Center National Seminar for Teaching Artists; National Endowment for the Arts and NC Arts Council grants recipient, Borchardt Study Abroad Award (Surrey, England). Certified LEGO Serious Play facilitator; uses LEGO bricks in some of her programs. See website for portfolio.

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