Principal Joe Petterle runs the Elinor Lincoln Hickey Junior Senior High School, which has a particular mission.
These are not kids who generally carry books of verse in their backpacks. So when Mary Beth Barber of the California Arts Council went to coach them on reading poetry aloud, she started with something by a rapper, whose name is familiar to urban teens.
(MBB reading Tupac Shakur, “Can You See The Pride In The Panther?”)
Then Barber read something written by an English poet in 1793.
(MBB reading Blake, “The Tyger”)
Barber also taught the students how to stand when reading, how to pace their sentences, and use their voices to bring out the meaning in the words. Here’s are three Hickey students, reading portions of poems they chose to memorize.
Principal Joe Petterle.
Students from public and private high schools, from the inner city to the suburbs, will read Friday, April 21st at 12:30 p.m. in the Secretary of State’s auditorium at 1500 11th St.