A Cowboy Salute!
September 2, 2013By Linda Dennis of A Backpack Journalist
A Cowboy Poetry Learning Experience & Competition & Reward Scholarships
Attention all Georgia middle school and high school teachers! Home School! STUDENTS!
Here is the challenge:
Create Poetry that a Cowboy would be proud of! Each poem may have the opportunity to compete to win prize money at THE COWBOY SALUTE TO MILITARY FAMILIES – OCTOBER 5, 2013 – HAMPTON, GEORGIA – CALVIN CENTER.
So what is Cowboy Poetry? It is the history of our great nation –put to prose, and the life of the Cowboy along side of each verse.
At A Backpack Journalist – we include in our workshops and curriculum: Cowboy Poetry taught by real Cowboys. We have attended many Cowboy Poetry Gatherings, and each time, we come away loving even more the stories and the rhymes that are recited.
The Cowboy poem must contain within the written prose, reference to the Cowboy lifestyle, a historical event or may also be “modern day” with referral to western culture.
Once the poem is written, the student must be prepared to recite it live and on stage at the October 5, 2013 COWBOY SALUTE to Military Families. Our judges will not only review the poem, but also the recital, as the true Cowboy Poet – recites!
The earliest poem on record was written in the late 1700’s by an Englishman (Cowboy). As the story goes, at night after a long day on the range, the Cowboy would lay by the campfire and put to prose the day’s events.
An Internet search will net multiple links to Cowboy Poems that you may use for reference. A Backpack Journalist has a module available for purchase: Cowboy Poetry.
Here in Georgia, there are several recognized Cowboy Poets, and they are involved with this competition and available for a school visit. You will also be able to view on line video examples of several Cowboy Poetry Gatherings to use as examples for your students.
Previously, teachers/schools involved in Cowboy Poetry Competitions have been from the Reading/English, Creative Writing, US History and Drama Departments.
The competition is divided into Middle School and High School and Best of Show.
All poems entered and accepted for recitation will receive a $10 gift card and then entered into final competition for the grand prize money ($250/$350/$500 – then grand prize of show $1,000). The competition sponsor is The Bankers Fidelity of Georgia, and a main event at this fundraiser on October 5!