Poetry Friday: Learning Far and Near

July 29th, 2011

This week we have a video poem created by Julie Ramsay’s class, inspired by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.” This video, along with many other projects created by students, can be found on a special website created to accompany Julie’s book, “Can We Skip Lunch and Keep Writing?” Collaborating in Class and Online, Grades 3-8. To gain access to the site, just purchase the book on the Stenhouse website!

Learning Far and Near

Listen my children and you shall hear,
Of the learning time from far and near,
On the twenty-ninth of May in 09,
Every digital citizen is still alive,
Who remembers the famous project we did,
We said to the world “Joy, Joy we,
Have done every thing alive. Like digital stories,
Wikis, Jing, READ posters, scanner colleges,
Tech and writing projects, more, more, and more.”
Our communications both back and forth
Traveled across from our Alabama school
Digitally riding to the Peoria Bay
Right when the sun,
Rose over the day where to our writing,
And ideas you never said “Nay.”
The writer’s block never came,
As we wrote to you for ever more,
A worldly collaboration with each letter,
Across the sky like a rainbow,
And a huge experience that was magnified
By flattening of classroom walls in our stride,
While everyone went through the valley of learning from another,
And we stayed on track and never,
Missed an opportunity to teach or learn.
Others wonder how we do it
But it takes lots of effort with us two,
We worked together in a quest for the best.
That’s why we say unto you thanks,
For a year that will stand out as the best!
—Sean (inspired by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s
The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere)

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