When it comes to helping students improve their reading skills, Midwest City Middle School is not afraid to think outside the box.
The school recently partnered with Gregory the Second, an Oklahoma artist, poet and musician for a unique literacy program called Poetry and Chill. The innovative six-week interactive program integrated poetry, writing, and music for sixth grade students.
The partnership was made possible by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the efforts of Jody Cook, a sixth-grade literacy teacher at MCMS.
“It is something that I have been working on for over a year, so it is definitely a labor of love. The result provided our students with a deeper understanding of themselves, their community, and how literacy can impact us all. I am very proud of the program and our students, and hope that it continues to inspire them as they continue with their education,” she said.
Poetry and Chill offer an in-school experience that provides students weekly opportunities to connect with literacy through varying forms of culturally relevant and engaging artistic expression to which reading, writing, and vocabulary development are essential. It also includes opportunities for reflection, expression, community and social awareness through writing and/or oral performance.
The result was students would become more proficient readers because of their passionate engagement and ongoing practice of artistic expression through writing and oral performance.
For more information, visit www.poetryandchillokc.com.