Ross School - Senior Project 2013

 

Student: Jessie Olorenshaw       

 

Mentor: Jennifer Lloyd

Domains: English, Media, History

Faculty Grader: Alexandra Cromwell

 

Documentation of Product

 

Title: Akwaaba to Ghana: An Anthology of Poetry

 

 

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Exhibition & Presentation Summary

 

Akwaaba | Welcome

I taught poetry to students aged 4-10 in a school called the International School of Ahafo in the Kenyasi, Brong-Ahafo region in Ghana.

I really wanted to preserve the Ghanaian culture through their work, so we went on field trips, took advantage of the Kente cloth fabrics beautiful colors and patterns, and many other fun activities and then wrote about them in forms of poetry. Ultimately I created a 152 page published anthology of the student’s work, along with lesson plans I created, writing I did describing the process and reasoning behind what I did, blog entries, photographs I took and some of the students artwork.

I really wanted to give the reader a taste of Ghana through my words, but more importantly the children’s’ words.

I believe that children’s poetry is one of the purest, realest forms of writing and artwork today, they bring something new and fresh to the table.

Ma Da Se | Thank You

 

Presentation Slideshow: Akwaaba to Ghana: A Taste of Ghana Through Words

 

Short Video: A Childhood in Ghana

 

Video of my Presentation

 

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Works Consulted

 

 

-       Kenneth Koch “Wishes, Lies and Dreams: Teaching Children How To Write Poetry”

-       ‘Writing Poetry With Children’ workbook.

-       ‘James K. Baxter Poems’ Selected & Introduced by Sam Hunt