Summer Upper Elementary Poetry

Dive into the bliss of poetry in this two-week summer introductory course. Students will learn to identify poetic devices such as rhyme scheme, meter, alliteration, and assonance, as well as spotting figurative language that abounds in poetry. Because poetry is meant to be spoken, students will be asked to read poems aloud while practicing pacing, inflection, and proper emphasis. Over the two-week period, we will read and analyze eight poems, roughly two poems a class. Assignments will include writing two short poems modeled after what is read in class.

Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Molly Barnett, M.A.
Age Level: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: 3 - 6
Minimum Enrollment: 5

Maximum Enrollment: 15
Tuition: $40
Class Duration: 2 weeks (2 sessions per week)
Class Meets: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00 - 10:00 AM Pacific, May 17 - 26


100 Best-Loved Poems
edited by Philip Smith


Molly Barnett, M.A.

Molly Barnett earned her B.A. with honors in English from The Ohio State University in 2011. Upon graduation, she began teaching middle school English Literature at Grace Christian School in Columbus, Ohio. From there, she accepted a position teaching fourth grade at Immanuel Lutheran School, a Classical School, in Alexandria, Virginia where she taught for the next 6 years. During the summers of 2015-2018, Molly was a graduate student of St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland and earned her M.A. in the liberal arts in August 2018. Later that month, she and her husband, who teaches Latin, Theology, and History in the Upper School at ILS, were joyfully married. They and their infant son currently reside in Alexandria where they enjoy cooking together, reading, spending time outdoors, and dreaming of when they might travel overseas.