National Grandparent’s Day September 12, 2012It all sounded so official ...
Honoring our Abuelitos through PoetryDirections: You will write a 12 line poem (3 quatrains) honoring a special “Abuelito”...
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National grandparent's day poetry activity

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  • 1. National Grandparent’s Day September 12, 2012It all sounded so official in 1979, with words and phrases like "whereof" and "hereunto" and "joint resolution."But when President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation creating a National Grandparents Day, little did anyone knowhow it would grow. At the time, Carter said the holiday would recognize "the importance and worth of the 17 milliongrandparents in our nation."Barely a generation later, there are now more than 70 million grandparents in the United States.Thats a lot of recognition.And a lot of gifts, cards, and flowers, too.On September 9, 2012, Grandparents Day will reach its 33rd anniversary. Like Mothers Day and Fathers Day, its atime for family celebration, and a chance to honor the important role grandparents play in childrens lives. Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, an Oak Hill, W. Va., housewife, founded the holiday. McQuade had worked with senior citizens for many years and her original idea for the holiday was not only to recognize grandparents but also to bring attention to the needs of people living in nursing homes. She began her campaign locally in 1970, eventually drawing the attention of U.S. Senator Jennings Randolph (D., W. Va.), who was instrumental in lobbying Gov. Arch Moore to establish a statewide day for grandparents. Moore did just that in 1973, the same year that Randolph introduced a Grandparent Day resolution in Congress.Randolphs resolution bounced around both houses of Congress with no action for several years, until McQuade andher supporters turned to the media for help with their efforts. The added pressure paid off, and in 1978 Congress passedlegislation declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. Carter signed his proclamation onSeptember 6, 1979, and the first Grandparents Day was celebrated three days later.In 1989, the U.S. Postal Service honored McQuade with a commemorative envelope bearing herlikeness to acknowledge the tenth anniversary of the holiday. McQuade, sadly, passed away lastyear at the age of of 91. She was the mother of 15, the grandmother of 43, and the great-grandmother of 15.In that original proclamation, Carter wrote that because grandparents "are usually free to love andguide and befriend the young without having to take daily responsibility for them, they can oftenreach out past pride and fear of failure and close the space between generations."Today, though, an increasing number of grandparents have actually assumed daily responsibility for their grandchildren.According to AARP, 4.5 million children are being raised in households headed by grandparents. For those kids andmillions of others, grandparents create special relationships and impart lessons that last a lifetime. As Carter wrote,"Grandparents are our continuing tie to the near-past, to the events and beliefs and experiences that so strongly affectour lives and the world around us."
  • 2. Honoring our Abuelitos through PoetryDirections: You will write a 12 line poem (3 quatrains) honoring a special “Abuelito”. In completing this poem, you mustmake sure that you select either an alternating or envelope quatrain format, and that each line has 10 syllables. Onceyour poem is completed, you will make a card for that special “Abuelito” , making him/her feel loved and honored. Becreative! QuatrainQuatrains are four line stanzas of any kind, rhymed, metered, or otherwise. Like the couplet, there are many variations ofthe quatrain. Some of the more popular as passed through tradition are: • Alternating Quatrain- a four line stanza rhyming "abab." From W.H. Audens "Leap Before You Look" The sense of danger must not disappear: The way is certainly both short and steep, However gradual it looks from here; Look if you like, but you will have to leap. • Envelope Stanza- a quatrain with the rhyme scheme "abba", such that lines 2 and 3 are enclosed between the rhymes of lines 1 and 4. Two of these stanzas make up the Italian Octave used in the Italian sonnet. This is from Audens "Look Before You Leap" The worried efforts of the busy heap, The dirt, the imprecision, and the beer Produce a few smart wisecracks every year; Laugh if you can, but you will have to leap. Grading Rubric EXCEPTIONAL GOOD IMPROVEMENT NEEDED A B-C D-F STUDENT EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS AND STUDENT MEETS ALL REQUIREMENTS: LITTLE OR NO EFFORT IS DEMONSTRATED MEETS ALL REQUIREMENTS: IN THE WORK COMPLETED. 3 QUATRAINS 3 QUATRAINS 10 SYLLABLES IN EACH LINE 10 SYLLABLES IN EACH LINE FOLLOWED ALTERNATING OR ENVELOPEFOLLOWED ALTERNATING OR ENVELOPE QUATRAIN PATTERNS CORRECTLY QUATRAIN PATTERNS CORRECTLY COMPLETED CARD COMPLETED CARD CREATIVE

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