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Cosmos Gallery in Middle School English

Do you ever wonder about the universe? Our friends in Grade 6 English have been learning about the topic since the summer, and put together a silent gallery experience featuring their work. Students in Ms. Maizel's class created beautiful found poems from sources such as A Wrinkle in Time, When You Reach Me, selections from Carl Sagan's Cosmos, interviews with Neil deGrasse Tyson, and more.

Once students completed Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me, the class began the project. Throughout the book, the class discussed the nature of time, and that time isn't linear. For example, they discussed that when we look up at the light of the stars we're actually looking back in time. That light had to travel to us. Ms. Maizel tells us this conversation with students is one of her favorites of the whole year. 

For their projects, students took lines from When You Reach Me, A Wrinkle in Time, and more to create an "almost" found poem. They can write up to 5 original lines to create a poem expressing what they believe to be a wonder of the universe. Some of them pulled lines from Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot," and others chose to pick lines from Neil deGrasse Tyson's interview titled "The Most Astounding Fact." There were many more options but these tended to be the favorites. 

Thank you to Ms. Maizel and her class for sharing their work with us, and providing a beautiful gallery experience for our community to enjoy!