Grade 10 poetry project ‘A Song of Myself’

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Have you reckoned a thousand acres much? Have you reckoned the earth much?
Have you practiced so long to learn to read?
Have you felt so proud to get at the meaning of poems?

Thus sounds Walt Whitman’s “barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world”. Poetry is notoriously tricky to teach within the confines of the classroom. Too ‘difficult’, ‘boring’, ‘irrelevant’ are just some of the complaints one hears.

The 10th Grade Project ‘A Song of Myself’ was an attempt at a corrective. Students were encouraged to write of and for themselves as well as using the more conventional approach of academic critical writing. Drawing work together into a volume was also a way of establishing a meaningful space.

Did it work? Well, why not wander down to the MHS Library, loaf a while among the books and judge for yourself  …