As for her other biographies, Simonetta loves to visit schools and introduce children to the interesting world of Michelangelo Buonarroti. The artist’s full life and astounding works provide a variety of material to any school curriculum. Any of the 21 activities in the volume Michelangelo for Kids can easily become the center of a study unit. Simonetta uses her skills and experience as primary school teacher, language instructor, and homeschooling mother to bring history to life. She also shares with students some useful tips on writing and getting published. To book a visit, use the contact page on this website.
In a recent visit to a local public school, Simonetta has taught a class of eight-graders some lesser known aspects of Michelangelo’s life, such as his poetry and his sense of humor.
To read some examples of these eight-graders sonnets, see this blog page.
Other types of presentations
Simonetta has also been teaching a five-day course on Michelangelo at the Italian Cultural Center of San Diego. The course (taught in Italian) includes art appreciation, Italian history, lot of conversation and some practice at reading and writing in the Italian language.
Here are some Italian sonnets (or portions of sonnets) written by the students:
Che brutta figura che farò ancora
cercando di concepire un bel sonetto.
Benche provassi e riprovassi, inquieto,
la mia abilità ritmica… addolora.
Bimbi piangono, la società deteriora;
La mia creazione? Fatto divieto!
Chissà? Forse piace a qualche diavoletto,
proprio perche disfiora e discolora.
Ventimila volte meglio lasciar stare
e sognare, i miei cantici privati,
ringraziando oggiorno il non svegliare.
Ma nel mondo dei sogni: congelati
i potenziali che potrebbero spuntare;
Arrendersi in realta è per i matti. (Sandro)