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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

Hardcover Published: 1st March 2006
ISBN: 9781578863419
Number Of Pages: 308

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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: · A range of effective strategies for instruction · Classroom-tested examples · Descriptions of how to teach poetry · Suggestions on how to introduce, engage students in, and help students learn the essentials of poetry reading and writing · Reflections from former students This book is intended for teachers, teacher educators, and professors with an interest in language arts.

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 *
Drawing upon decades of experience as a language arts teacher, Burkhardt describes a number of classroom-tested poetry lessons aimed at developing reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. * Reference and Research Book News *

Before class
Why poetry?p. 3
The teacher as poetp. 15
In the classroom
Memorizing and recitingp. 37
Composing and publishingp. 69
Discussing and interpretingp. 129
The process of student poetryp. 151
Back to the beginningp. 185
Beyond the classroom
Cross-curricular poetryp. 203
Poetry teachers at workp. 229
Reflections from the classroomp. 251
Full text of classroom poems by Braley, Burkhardt, and Lazarusp. 269
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ISBN: 9781578863419
ISBN-10: 1578863414
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 1st March 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.62