by Cassidy Kao, Academy Student
Hi everyone! My name is Cassidy and I am eleven years old. I’m also the author of Constellation Exploration: Greek Mythical Stories Retold with Simple Facts and Fun and Mysterious Riddles, Roller Coaster: Kid’s Guide on How to Write Poetry, and another fiction book coming soon! I have many varied interests, from writing poetry to playing the piano to dancing ballet. But when you ask me what my favorite subject is, I would say ‘No idea.’ Just kidding! I really enjoy doing math and grammar. (You read that right). In my spare time, I love to read, and enjoy hanging out with my friends to play Minecraft and shoot silly homemade movies.
I am going to lead a free workshop called Poetic, Mythological Constellation Mysteries for an audience of kids from age 5-8 at the IEA Academy. This will be the sequel to my previous poetry workshop at IEA called the Wonderful World of Poems. The goal of this brand new workshop is to teach my students the mythical stories and science of constellations. I want to encourage them to share any mythological stories they know and to write their own riddles. I’m also planning a fun activity: making marshmallow constellations!
The reason I want to lead this workshop is that I really like poetry, riddles, and Greek mythology. I like how anybody can write riddles quite easily as long as they know the rules. I enjoyed writing my book and doing this workshop is taking it a step further because I get to teach the kids in person. I love seeing their expressions when they get the meaning of the poem.
One big lesson I learned from leading my previous poetry workshop is that teaching is not easy. It takes a lot of thinking to put together the slides and I was exhausted after the workshop. I’m going to work extra hard this time to make sure that I’m a good teacher. I hope that the kids learn something they find enjoyable and will be inspired to write poetry of their own.
This workshop will take place in April in honor the National Poetry Month. I’m really looking forward to doing the workshop and I hope the kids will enjoy what I’ve planned for them. I’ve put a lot of thought into the slides and the set up for the workshop. (I’m also very excited for the marshmallows). I hope that you can join me on this mysterious, poetic journey through the constellations. See you there!
APRIL IS POETRY MONTH!
Join us for a one-day poetry workshop lead by our poet-in-resident Cassidy Kao
Poetic, Mythological Constellation Mysteries
April 11, 2017 at 11:00am-12:00pm
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