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Scotties celebrate the poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks, African American Pulitzer Prize winner

Each year, Edinbrook creates a month of AVID lessons based on an engaging and equitable piece of literature. This year, two texts were chosen. Each focuses on the life and accomplishments of Gwendolyn Brooks, the first female African American Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry!

Preschool through second grade is studying Exquisite by Suzanne Slade, and third through fifth grade is studying A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks by Alison Faye Duncan. The AVID lessons that accompany the books prompt scholars to ask and answer questions that require higher-order thinking, work collaboratively with peers, experience hands-on learning through inquiry and art, and read and write from multiple sources.

Studying Ms. Brooks' work has inspired Scotties! "The students are already VERY excited and producing thoughtful and silly poems of their own," says AVID coordinator Lindsey Patterson. "Our walls are crowded with student work!"

On Tuesday, May 4, Edinbrook will host a family engagement night focused on AVID and Gwendolyn Brooks. The event will include trivia, student poetry presentations, student performances and an interview with Sandy Longhorn, a real life poet. Mark your calendars!

Photos: Ms. Brooks was inspired by clouds. To get into her mindset, Scotties read the book "It Looked Like Spilt Milk" on an outdoor story walk and studied the clouds for shapes. 

Edinbrook students take an outdoor book walk
Edinbrook students take an outdoor book walk
Edinbrook students take an outdoor book walk
Edinbrook students take an outdoor book walk
Edinbrook students take an outdoor book walk