]This year in my 2nd grade classroom, we studied poetry and turned blankbooks into Poetry Anthologies. We celebrated with a Poetry Cafe, a classroom event which brought in families to celebrate writing. It was a huge success. We dressed in all black and recreated a coffee house from the 50s. I made felt berets for my students and decorated my classroom in black, set a stage, and set ambiance with battery operated candles at each cafe table (2 student desks pushed together, covered with black tablecloth). The parents loved it! As you walked into the classroom, I set up a "Poetree" a tree full of original poems from my students. This bulletin board is now a top ten national finalist in a bulletin board contest. You can see and vote (if you enjoy it) here: http://www.teachhub.com/battle-of-the-boards/finalists I am always looking for great writing units to do with my students. What units have you loved creating in your classroom? Any specific writing units with an event attached would be great to hear about!