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“Where I’m From” Poetry Walk“


November 17, 2020
December 6, 2020
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Hyannis Village Green
367 Main St.
Hyannis, MA United States
Outdoor display of student poems on site at several village libraries and Hyannis Village Green
November 16 – December 6, 2020
One could call it “Poetry in Motion” with signs placed at and near several village libraries in the Town of Barnstable November 16 through December 6, 2020.
The 12” X 18” laminated signs feature poems from 90 6th grade students, inspired by the poem Where I’m From written by poet George Ella Lyon.

Earlier in this school year students in the Barnstable Intermediate School Team 6 South explored their identities through poetic writing, figurative language, and imagery.
Visitors are encouraged to visit all the sites, read the poems written by students in the Barnstable Intermediate School Team 6 South classes   This project includes an interdisciplinary component.  Students worked with the Technology Department to connect their visual response to the poetry via a QR code printed on the sign.
Signs are located outdoors at several village libraries including Centerville, Cotuit, Hyannis and Whelden Memorial and at the Hyannis Village Green, along the Walkway-to-the-Sea from the top of Main Street through to the Harbor Overlook.  Through this effort students gained an understanding of the importance of community collaborations and connections to expand audiences well beyond classroom walls.
BIS 6th grade teacher and Mass IDEAS Core Team Member Mike Andrews, along with 6th grade teachers Alicia Roth, Caitlin Wojokowski and Jenn Fredo, developed this curriculum to encourage their students to get to know each other, and understand that diverse identities and selves are what make a strong and compassionate community. 6th graders were asked to explore the concepts of identity and self; determine what elements – geographic, historical, and emotional – determine who they are as individuals and part of their community.   They were asked how writing helps them explore their identities and to better understand themselves as individuals and how together they become one community.
Materials for this project were purchased through grant money awarded to BIS through Mass IDEAS, a funding initiative through the Next Generation Learning Challenges. BIS was awarded a school redesign implementation grant of $375,000 to bolster student voice and choice through authentic experiences with showcases and ownership of their own learning.  This project is just one example of how BIS is working on goals to strengthen student relationships and rigorous, relevant engagement.

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