There will be a guest speaker in my classroom tomorrow who will introduce a long-term poetry project. Christian Barrix is my son. He is 24 years old and a student at Northern Kentucky University. He is a creative writing major with an emphasis in Japanese language and culture. Christian will be introducing a Chap Book Project in which interested students will be choosing a theme that relates to them and then writing poetry using that theme over the course of this year. At the end of the year, the students will have a small collection of poetry and will hand produce a small booklet to complete the work.
He and I will work closely together over the year to simulate what a literature class could possibly look like when they go to college. This first visit, all students will take part in the class. For the rest of the year, students may choose whether or not they want to take advantage of this learning extension. There may be some homework required for the Chap Bbook but that will solely depend on how far individual students would like to take the project. This work will not supersede what is done for our actual curriculum.
If students choose not to participate in the Chap Book Project, there will be another learning opportunity provided for them that will be in their academic best interest.
If you have any questions about this project, please feel free to email me.