When young kids meet a real life poet and start to write their own thoughts, poetry comes alive in ways it never did before.
Many people think that poetry is boring, the stuff of long long ago. But when Rachel Mindell, a real poet came to Mission Elementary school, four classes of fourth and fifth grade children got some help in figuring out what to do with a blank page.
“She is helpful,” said Nashaunte Stevens, 11. “I never wrote poetry before and she makes it fun.”
Mindell will soon graduate from the University of Montana with a master’s degree focused on poetry. She will support the kids for twelve weeks with lessons that use examples of living Native American poets.
Mindell explained that poetry allows a person to be creative and “step outside the language of normal grammar.”