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Poems acted out for students

TICONDEROGA Poetry is much more than sophisticated rhyme. Just ask Kenn Nesbitt, who wrote My Parents Are Making Me Crazy. My parents are making me crazy. Theyre driving me utterly mad. Im mental because of my mother. Im losing it thanks to my dad. Poetry should be about having fun, especially for children, explained Nadine Delano, who brought Poetry Alive! to the Ticonderoga Central School District last week. We want to encourage students to read and write poems they can relate to. The we try to stay out the way. Delano and her husband, Ken, worked in all three Ti schools. Besides working with students, they presented workshops for teachers. Poetry can be used in any subject area, explained Anne Dreimiller, Ti Elementary School principal. They showed us ways ti incorporate poems into science, history, everything. The kids really enjoyed it and I think the teachers did, too. she added. Its been a a lot of fun. Each Ticonderoga teacher received a packet of poems specific to their subject area. Poetry Alive! has been presenting high-energy poetry shows for audiences of all ages since 1984. Based in Asheville, N.C., the company regularly travels throughout the United States. Poetry Alive! came to Ticonderoga thanks to a grant prepared by teachers Kerry Fingland and Mary Lavarnway. The Delanos concluded their visit to Ticonderoga with an assembly. They acted out poems as they recited them, drawing roars of laughter and stunned silence from students. Attending the closing assembly were students from Putnam Central School. Students heard love sonnets by Shakespeare and frightening tales from Edgar Allen Poe. But the most popular poems were silly, like Ken Delanos recitation of My Toe. Poems can be about anything; they dont have to be about lofty ideals, he told students. Poems should be fun. Students and teachers were called to the stage to assist the Delanos in acting out poems about alligators, kids ruling the world and more. The kids are wonderful, Nadine Delano said. I think they understand now that poems can be fun. Just like My Parents Are Making Me Crazy. My parents are making me crazy. Theyre driving me utterly mad. Im mental because of my mother. Im losing it thanks to my dad. My mom tells me, Go do your homework, and dads yelling, Vacuum the floors! Then mom says, Turn off the TV now, and dad hollers, Finish your chores! With all of their grousing and griping, my brain is beginning to hurt. My dads shouting, Clean up the kitchen! My moms saying, Tuck in your shirt! I feel like I'm losing my marbles. If I go bananas today, then please give this note to my parents when the funny farm takes me away. Kenn Nesbitt

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