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EXCEL students contributed original works to Faulkner event

Union County Heritage Museum Director, Jill Smith, engages EXCEL students

 Fourth grade EXCEL

Ninabeth Capaning’s fourth grade EXCEL class at New Albany Elementary School has been participating in a unit of study on poetry.

Students wrote poems and created water-color illustrations to be used as table decorations for the Faulkner Literary Luncheon, which was held on Friday, September 22.

EXCEL and Faulkner

Fourth Grade Excel students with their illustrated poems (Click to enlarge/download)

On Tuesday, September 26, these students traveled to the Union County Heritage Museum to participate in a Poetry Workshop coordinated by Linda Everett of the Faulkner Literary Committee.

Linda Everett gives pointers to students.

During the workshop, students listened to a poetry reading from Samantha Cavender, a published poet from Holly Springs.  Museum Director Jill Smith gave students a brief tour of the museum’s animal exhibit, Faulkner Room, and Faulkner Garden to provide inspiration for the students’ writings during the workshop.   Everett led the fourth grade students in a brain storming session and gave tips on how to construct a diamante poem.

Union County Heritage Museum

Jill Smith leads tour of the museum.

The students will return to their classroom to revise their rough drafts, write their final poems, and create illustrations to be displayed with their poetry.

“What a wonderful opportunity for our students to be exposed to William Faulkner, a published poet, our local museum, and an opportunity to write poetry,” said Capaning.  “We appreciate the Faulkner Literary Committee and the Museum for allowing us to participate in such a unique event.”

Fifth grade EXCEL

As part of the Faulkner Literary events, Ninabeth Capaning’s 5th Grade EXCEL classes at New Albany Elementary School had a literary unit of study.

These fifth graders selected a famous writer or a famous Mississippian to research.  After their research, students created an alliteration biography and illustration for their famous person.  The students’ finished works were used as table decorations during the Faulkner Literary Luncheon, and will be displayed at the school.


5th Grade EXCEL students created alliteration biographies for Faulkner Luncheon. (click to enlarge/download)

Melanie Shannon
Public Relations
New Albany Schools
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