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1  Poetry Day 2011: Keeping the Tradition Alive by Posting Extremely Late in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by kaybiff on: June 17, 2011 04:01:29 PM
So, again, to preface: I work in a high school library, and in that high school library National Poetry Month is an event. It is important to me that each year be bigger and better than the last, so for the last two years I have tried my darnedest to make our culminating Poetry Day extravaganza a fun and engaging time for the students and staff. For the last two years I have perhaps been a bit--how to say?--overly excited. Some of you may remember my giant, fire-breathing Shakespeare and Vanilla Ice display (  ); others may remember my giant, enraged Shakespeare and Lady Gaga display (  ). This year, my third year, I created a giant Lady Gaga (our returning champ) and Emily Dickinson display.

And I have close-ups this year!

Lady Gaga wearing a delicate metallic tissue and construction paper mask

"BORN THIS WAY" detail cut on heel

Emily Dickinson with motherlovin' pin-tucked paper tuxedo bib and paper lace

close up of her desire to WIN

Just look at that intensity!

In addition to the paper display I made a "meat dress" 1, a steak sauce head piece, a white wrap dress, and a skeleton plush named Yorick. It was a lot of work, but it was all worth it. Everyone had a blast, and the kids surprised us all by voting Emily Dickinson as the new Poetry Day champion. If any of you are interested, here is a dramatic reading from Poetry Day!


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You can see a blown up version of my original sketch in the background.

1. It was a shift dress made of felt in the shape of one extremely large steak.
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2  Music Video for High School Library in Completed Projects by kaybiff on: October 01, 2010 06:25:27 PM
Okay, dudes, I am not going to lie: This project was a real challenge for me. I've never done anything with editing film before, nor have I really laid down or mixed a phat beat at any point in my life prior to this. But for this project I did BOTH. There are some things that aren't perfect, but I am really proud of how it came out.

Programs I used include Windows Movie Maker, AutoTune, Paint, Wavosaur, and plain ol' Sound Recorder. Remind me never to use Movie Maker again, though, please. 'Kay. Thank you.

Also, I made the silver lobster sometime back in April for Poetry Day. It is posable with a bendable skeleton. Another note is that I cobbled that book skirt out of string and some of the Sweet Valley High series. I think that is a detail which Lady Gaga could appreciate.

But seriously about the Movie Maker thing.
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3  Another Poetry Day Paper Display, albeit very late in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by kaybiff on: October 01, 2010 05:59:02 PM
Note: I know this is months and months late, but I feel as though it is still worth sharing.

So, I work in a high school library. That school library kind of makes a BIG deal out of National Poetry Month. It's gotten that way partly because of my, uh...enthusiasm. The first year I was involved in Poetry Day I had made a giant, fire-breathing Shakespeare and Vanilla Ice display, which can be seen here: .

This past Poetry Day, to get the kids excited about poets and poems again, I made another door display. (I apologize in advance for the poor quality phone camera pictures to follow.)

Yes, Shakespeare returned to battle the one and only Lady Gaga. I did the same thing I did last year to make it. I did a simple sketch of how I wanted the combatants to stand, and I graphed them out. Then I spent some overtime measuring and cutting out the various pieces of paper. Again, every line and every detail is a piece of paper. Here are closer pictures of the two fighters!

Lady Gaga


Shakespeare's face without glue

It was a really fun day. Besides the door we had "Team Shakespeare" and "Team Gaga" shirts, I made a dress out of bubblewrap and wore a silver lobster on my head, and we had the students vote in a poll via text message. Everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly. Especially when a certain artist's lyrics were read aloud. It was moving stuff, man.

Oh, and I totally already have next year's Poetry Day planned out. There's going to be a smoke machine. Wink
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4  Paper Cut Out Display for National Poetry Month in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by kaybiff on: April 10, 2009 06:46:51 PM
This is actually my first post ever on this site, and admittedly I am not sure if this constitutes as material for the "Paper Crafts" forum, but here it goes. I work in a high school library. One of my jobs is to make displays that both engage and alert the students to events occurring in the school or in the world. April happens to be National Poetry Month. To get the kids excited about poets and poems I created this:

What you see there is a giant, fire-breathing Shakespeare battling the great contemporary poet Vanilla Ice. To achieve this display I first sketched quick drawings of how I wanted the bard and the rapper to stand, and I graphed them out with squares. Then, over the course of four days I measured and cut out various pieces (lots and lots of pieces) of construction paper (lots and lots of construction paper), creating the pieces to the puzzle. The last step was putting it all together. Every line and every detail is a piece of paper.

It was a lot of fun making, and last Friday we hosted a poetry reading for the students. It all went over really well. I hope you guys like it and get inspired by great poetry this month!
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