National Poetry Month 2021


Special thanks to the PTA for supplying 48 gift certificates to Betsy's as prizes for our April Poetry Trivia Contest. We had a lot of participation from students (on average roughly 100 entries per day), and everyone enjoyed the challenge and having something fun to try to win. 

To celebrate National Poetry Month, on Tuesdays and Thursdays during April, a poetry trivia question was shared on the morning announcements and posted as a Google Form on the JMS Writing Lab Google Classroom. To enter, students had to complete and submit the Google Form with their answer by 3:00 p.m. that same day.

From the correct answers submitted from each grade, two winners were randomly selected and announced on Wednesday and Friday mornings during the morning announcements. Students either picked up their gift certificates from Mrs. Kelly in the Writing Lab or made arrangements with her to get them if they are fully remote.

The following students won Betsy's gift certificates.

Grade 6

Lucy Hackworth
Caleb Campanaro
Kianna Patrick
Shaylin Short
James Halter
Anna Polinski
Sidney Kohan
Ari Broverman
Sean Harrington
Lizzie McKenna
Veda Krishna
Bella DePlato
Elise Hoyt
Easton Sicher
Caroline Rost
Lilah Japalucci

Grade 7

Gretchen Kropf
Jamison Murphy
Catherine Schroeter
MJ Gill
Leena Leja
Ivan Kiaturka
Liam Frey
Evelyn Hasler
Megan Greenfield
Jonathan Ramachandran
Katherine Ding
Gui Maeta
Max Hergenroeder
Taylor Cervantes
Soham Dam
Madeline Zapko

Grade 8

Sophia London
Mirabel Johns
Maria Parkhito
Ranya AlKhafaji
Madison Canady
Emma Taylor
Chloe Griffin
Autumn Dowiak
Kaden Unice
Ellison Resler
Franny Sgourkis
Lauren Novicki
Selma Bajgoric
Norah Donoghue
Thomas Eaton
Charlie Roska

This year's Poetry Trivia Contest questions included the following: 

Day 1:  What is a non-rhyming poem called?  (free verse)

Day 2: Who is the recent Harvard graduate and poet who gained worldwide recognition in January and is the youngest inaugural poet in US history? First and last name needed (Amanda Gorman)

Day 3: What color is the "wood" in Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken?" (yellow)

Day 4:  In Shel Silverstein's poem "Sick," why does Peggy Ann McKay suddenly feel better?

(Because she realizes it was SATURDAY!)

Day 5: According to Emily Dickinson, what is "the thing with feathers that perches in the soul" referring to? (hope)

Day 6: Who is the poet with a birthday tomorrow and a famous sonnet that starts with, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" (William Shakespeare)

Day 7:  What poet is famous for using little, if any, punctuation and lowercase letters?

(E.E. Cummings)

Day 8: What does the narrator compare life to in "Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes?

(stairs / a staircase / a crystal staircase) 


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