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U-M lineman shares love of language at Tappan

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David Moosman, starting senior offensive lineman from the University of Michigan football team visited the sixth-grade team of Victoria Power, James Corbett, Maria Erickson and Patricia Hueter at Tappan Middle School’s media center on Nov. 2.

University of Michigan offensive lineman David Moosman recently sixth-grade language arts classes at Tappan Middle School, where he read poetry by Robert Frost and talked with students about the importance of reading and the importance of academics while in an athletic program at the university.

University of Michigan offensive lineman David Moosman recently sixth-grade language arts classes at Tappan Middle School, where he read poetry by Robert Frost and talked with students about the importance of reading and the importance of academics while in an athletic program at the university.

An English major at U-M, Moosman spoke about his love of reading and writing and told students that his mother inspired his field of study.  He talked about the richness of poetry and shared his thoughts about favorite authors, specifically, Ernest Hemingway.

Moosman and Power decided he would read Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” for students. “Every year I introduce the Poetry Genre with Robert Frost’s poem and connect with the kids in conversation about the “new” road they will be traveling on starting middle school,” Power said.

“The kids were still and quiet, eyes wide, watching this young man, of such grand stature reading with such passion,” she said. “He talked to the kids about his passion for football.  It is just as grand. It was obvious to us and the children the quality of character in this young man’s representation of our own hometown Wolverines is exemplary.”

Questions and answers after the talk focused on imagery in writing and then moved to the university field at the corner of Stadium and Main, known as “The Big House.”

Power said the students and teachers appreciated the opportunity to meet David Moosman. He signed a copy of “The Road Not Taken” and the kids say they will cherish it always, she added.

This was submitted by Victoria Power, a teacher at Tappan Middle School.

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