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Using Poetry in the Classroom : Engaging Students in Learning - Ross M. Burkhardt

Using Poetry in the Classroom

Engaging Students in Learning

Paperback Published: 1st March 2006
ISBN: 9781578863396
Number Of Pages: 285

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Here, Ross Burkhardt explains how to reach students through poetry and how to help them develop their own appreciation for it. Drawing on the author's rich experience as a middle school language arts teacher, Using Poetry in the Classroom presents a comprehensive approach that focuses on both the how and the why of teaching poetry. This book offers explicit descriptions on how to deliver specific poetry lessons that will develop academic skills such as reading, writing, and critical thinking. Divided into three sections, this book teaches all aspects of poetry_composing, memorizing, reciting, interpreting, listening, reading, and publishing. Includes: _

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This text will be beneficial to beginning language arts teachers who share the author's passion for poetry but may not possess the pedagogical knowledge to teach poetry to adolescents. Burkhardt, who was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame for his work as a middle school writing teacher, calls on over 30 years of personal experience in creating this cookbook-style text that emphasizes the importance of memorization and recitation in the teaching of poetry. He cites the works of the National Writing Project, NCTE, and Poetry Alive and embraces Rosenblatt's theory of reader response to poetry interpretation. The book includes student examples and letters to the author from former students. Jean Little's poem, 'After English Class, ' reproduced in this work, epitomizes the author's theory that students must have the freedom to bring their own understandings to the study of poetry. The section 'General Assertions about Teaching Poetry' sums up the book nicely. This is not a text for experienced poetry practitioners, but neophyte middle school language arts teachers would find it both beneficial and comforting. Recommended.--CHOICE

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
Before Class
Why Poetry?p. 3
A Poetic Licensep. 14
The Teacher as Poetp. 15
Invent a Linep. 33
In the Classroom
Memorizing and Recitingp. 37
Rothermel's Reasons for Memorizing and Recitingp. 67
Composing and Publishingp. 69
Poetic Termsp. 127
Discussing and Interpretingp. 129
Immerse / Yourself in Versep. 149
The Process of Student Poetryp. 151
Tips for Writing Poemsp. 184
Back to the Beginningp. 185
Overview-Poetry Activities for the Yearp. 198
Beyond the Classroom
Cross-Curricular Poetryp. 203
Drafting and Revising a Coupletp. 228
Poetry Teachers at Workp. 229
"Midlevel Minds"p. 249
Reflections from the Classroomp. 251
"An Afterthought"p. 268
Full Text of Classroom Poems by Braley, Burkhardt, and Lazarusp. 269
Referencesp. 275
Indexp. 277
About the Authorp. 285
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ISBN: 9781578863396
ISBN-10: 1578863392
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 285
Published: 1st March 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.49  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.46