ACCS: The Why and How Poetry

2nd July, 2013 - Posted by Christine Perrin - No Comments

ACCS 2013 powerpoint

So many wonderful conversations and even singing in the atrium at the ACCS conference just about two weeks ago now.  I wanted to make a public record of the resources of the sessions I was a part of to those who attended my sessions.  Above is the power point from my talk on poetry.  At the end of the power point, I recommended some resources to support teachers as they introduce poetry and the sensibility of poetic knowledge into their classroom.

I recommended the following steps:

Read aloud
Network the poems to the classroom experience
Build a collection of poetry books:

The Art of Poetry by Christine Perrin contains many of the poems and ideas spoken about in this seminar.

For young elementary: Talking Like the Rain, edited by X.J. and Dorothy Kennedy

For older elementary: A Child’s Anthology of Poetry, edited by Elizabeth Hauge Sword Poetry for Young Readers Series (Whitman, Dickinson, Poe, Sandburg, etc…)

Middle and High School: Poet’s Choice, edited by Edward Hirsch The Book of Luminous Things, edited by Czeslaw Milosz The Wadsworth Anthology of Poetry, edited by Jay Parini The Norton Anthology of Poetry, The Psalms

Begin gently speaking of content and form when you talk about the poems–how they are inseparable from each other

Some Activities you can participate in schoolwide
(which help students to LOVE poetry)

Poetry contest

Poetry out loud (a program of the National Endowment for the arts)

Poetry liturgy (for an example see earlier post on this blog)

Elective/workshop (the Veritas school in Richmond is doing this in the 2013-2014 school year)

Poetry notebooks (favorites by category, illustrated)

Poem shared schoolwide (poem of the week, month, year–a shared school event)








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