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Carpenter Middle ‘Poetry Slam’ performers now on TV

Renda Crowe, an English teacher at Carpenters Middle School, has continued the celebration of poetry for her last year’s classes even as a new year looms on the horizon.

In April 2009, Crowe and her students planned and carried out a week-long celebration of the poetry unit they were studying in English. “Poetry Slam” required students to write 12 poems and perform one or more of them in a coffee-house type setting with a 1960s theme.

The students in each of her class blocks formed teams, came up with team names and colors and then presented their poems. The poems had to be memorized, and costumes, props and instruments were encouraged. Winners were chosen for each block and trophies presented.

The students’ poems of represented different types: English sonnets, limericks, odes, eulogies, Italian sonnets, Haiku, character poems, preposition poems, biopoems, concrete poems and free verse. The poems were judged on the student’s delivery of the piece.

Now Crowe is continuing the exposure for the students. Beginning this week, Poetry Slam, which the teacher captured on DVD, will be airing on the Blount County Schools community television channel.

Poetry Slam winners for first block were: first place - Hannah Roberts, second - Katarina Ameller and third - Shannon Walker with Team Champs, Lovely Ladier.

Winners for third block were first place - Hannah Welshan, second place - Sydney York and third place - Kelsey Jones. Team winner was Harry Potters.

Winners for fourth block were: Jake Jackson, first place; Cecil Allingood, second place; and Genarae Helton, third place. Team champs for fourth block were P. Bombs.

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