How does a 12-year-old, with no family members having ever served, relate to the loss of war.
They let their fingers do part of the work, scanning through their classroom iPads, they watch a series of short movies about past battles, catch a series of first-hand accounts of war through a digital journal, then listen to an active soldier speaking of the current day military – via podcast – to their school assembly from his current post in Yellowknife.
The result of this non-traditional lesson plan was put to the best – so to speak – this week, when 20 students in Erin Kieneker’s Grade 6-7 class at Webster’s Corners Elementary were asked to appeal to readers’ senses when creating a poem about all they learned.
The students will be among a few dozen people submitting poems for the local Honouring Our Veterans poetry contest, and at the same time the Royal Canadian Legion’s national literacy contest.
Last year’s winner was Emily Knudsen, at that time a Grade 7 student in Kieneker’s class.
The writing competition, now in its third year, is open to residents of the Lower Mainland and in past has seen as many as 100 poems entered.
In addition to submissions from these Webster’s Corners students, a number of entries have been received from kids at Maple Ridge Christian School, among others.
Deadline for submissions is Friday, Nov. 1, and participants of all ages can enter. It’s easy. Email the poem to email@example.com. and include name, age, address, and phone number.
Participants are also welcome to attend a special Remembrance Day reception following the Maple Ridge service on Nov. 11 at Memorial Peace Park.
Poets will be invited to read their submissions, and winners will be announced in the different age categories during a gathering in the lobby of The ACT starting at 1 p.m.
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