AGM fifth-grade teacher Krista O’Donnell hosted a ‘Mad Hatter Poet Tea’ for her students after completing their poetry unit. They started the unit by looking at the literary devices used in the poem, “Jabberwocky,” by Lewis Carroll.
The students then wrote original poems, attempting to implement devices such as alliteration, internal rhyme, onomatopoeia, enjambment, and hyperbole. Students continued their study of Lewis Carroll’s work by reading “Alice’s Adventures Underground,” which is the first version of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” This version is in Carroll’s very own handwriting and we read this online through the British Library.
Once they completed reading the original story, they read “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Inspired by Carroll’s mad and whimsical world, students created their own mad world in the courtyard. Students drew characters by hand onto large presentation boards, cut and painted them, then staked them in the ground. The students recited the “Jabberwocky” as a group, then recited their original poems. This was followed by tea and cakes. It was a fun day that the students worked really hard for!