Seussville in XSN

Conner Manuel, Gr. 8 - Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati
Student Gabe Ceballos as Dr. Seuss. Photos by Ms. Ria Marifosque, HS English teacher

T’was a normal class in the month of literacy,
but something made that class unique, considerably.
In that period was announced the month’s magnum opus
which for the following few weeks would be our focus.

The announced activity was not one that would bore:
dressing up as if in a book, like the year before.
This was not something for just teachers to do,
The students and classrooms would be dressed up too!

Each section from the batches of seven to nine
would concentrate on work that would act as a sign
for the visiting kids to read books of their “themes”
or the chosen authors and the products of their dreams.

The choices for authors had everyone howling
From Stilton to Tolkien and even to Rowling!
In the end, our section came together with one voice
And we all came about and picked the great Dr. Seuss.
(Yes, it really is pronounced as “Soyce”!)

As Ted Geisel was assigned to Grade 8-A
the other sections, of course, would have their own ways.
Their authors were Stan Lee, George Lucas, Roald Dahl
and the Brothers Grimm – all down or across the hall.

There was something else, however, that we had to do
to show them that reading is important and fun, too.
It is known by the name of “persuasive speech”
And it is by which our audience we would teach.

For the next few weeks, it was our classroom we would dress
and with some recycled materials, we struck some success.
We also needed hard work and music through the speakers
whether it be The Vamps, AM, or EDM fever.

As time went on, many things became frantic;
we designed and taped things in constant panic.
By the time we were done, you could see three parts:
Lorax, Grinch, and Cat in the Hat—all in our hearts.

Eventually it came: our really big day!
Section after section, they all came our way.
At the end of the day, we all felt blessed, yes;
We all went home, and Seussville was a success.

But as it’s all over, our “panic season”
Why did we do this? What was our real reason?
Reading is amazing. It teaches many things.
We all should embrace it, and everything it brings.

As this very article I now will end
A quote from great Mr. Geisel I shall lend.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

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