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22 Ways to Teach and Learn About Poetry With The New York Times

22 Ways to Teach and Learn About Poetry With The New York Times | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
We go hard for National Poetry Month here on The Learning Network, so you may already be familiar with an earlier version of this piece we started way back in 2010.

But, as The Times kept publishing news and features about poetry and poets, we kept adding more and more ways to teach it, until that old piece started to look downright overstuffed.

Below is a fresh version for 2017, with over 20 ideas for helping even the most verse averse find something to enjoy.

Via Jim Lerman
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Poetry!

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 7, 3:03 PM
The article includes some excellent ideas.
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Inma Contreras's curator insight, April 26, 5:18 PM
Brilliant way of learning literature. Education that brings the beauty to theeducational process.
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Beginner's Guide to Writing Poetry Introduction

Take the full course for FREE at https://www.udemy.com/beginners-guide-to-writing-poetry. There is so much more to poetry than just what we see on greeting ...

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To teach writing you need to write.  To teach poetry, write poetry.  If you find yourself in the remarkably important position of teaching kids, include poetry in your curriculum (even if you have to sneak it in)!


This video introduces a free course offered on UDEMY, a popular online teaching platform.  The course is video driven. Experiment and experience at your own pace.   (Why not?)

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The Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust

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Hone Tuwhare is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s most accom­plished and trea­sured poets.

The Hone Tuwhare Char­i­ta­ble Trust was recently estab­lished to pur­chase and restore Hone Tuwhare’s crib, develop resources for schools and ini­ti­ate events through­out Aotearoa that cel­e­brate Hone and his con­tri­bu­tion to the Arts.
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Poetry is where you find it.  You've found a treasure from New Zealand.  All you have to do is click...

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Lecture on Teaching Poetry Through Rap Music and Lyrics

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This is a free downloadable lesson plan on teaching poetry and literary elements using rap music. I volunteer to present this lecture at least once a year.

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September 12, 2013 - Free Teacher Resources Available from the Poetry Foundation : The Poetry Foundation

September 12, 2013 - Free Teacher Resources Available from the Poetry Foundation : The Poetry Foundation | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Find poems, poets, poetry news, articles, and book reviews. Browse for poems by Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Gwendolyn Brooks, Billy Collins, Maya Angelou, John Keats, or search through 100 years of Poetry magazine in the archive.
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Jackie Huster's curator insight, September 16, 2013 9:27 AM

Excellent resources!

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Combining Vocabulary Instruction with Poetry, Mini-Lessons for Writing, Etymology, and Grammar Skills...Take that, Common Core!

Combining Vocabulary Instruction with Poetry, Mini-Lessons for Writing, Etymology, and Grammar Skills...Take that, Common Core! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Corbet Harrison: This last school year, I decided I wanted to try something different with vocabulary. I used to give them lists to memorize, but Common Core wants me to push them past rote memorization, which I understand, and--quite frankly--I support. This entire last school year had me toying with new ways to teach vocabulary skills with other things I found myself losing the time to teach well. I consolidated my vocabulary expectations with poetry, etymology, and grammar lessons, and I ended up discovering a great new way to expand my students vocabularies while they were practicing other skills of language arts, skills that appealed to both my recklessly creative and my linearly logical kids.

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Endless Streams and Mountains by Gary Snyder : The Poetry Foundation

Endless Streams and Mountains by  Gary  Snyder  : The Poetry Foundation | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Clearing the mind and sliding in / to that created space, / a web of waters steaming over rocks, / air misty but not raining,
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Full Text of the Poem. Poetry by Gary Snyder combines his sense of the Western Mountains with his appreciation for all the mountain visions of asia. 

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Poetry-Inspired Writing Prompts

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Today’s writing prompts are inspired by poetry but that doesn’t mean they have to inspire a poem. Use them to write anything you want; a short story, a blog post, a journal entry, or a freewrite. You might even try writing a song, keeping in mind that song lyrics are a type of poetry in their own right.
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Five Reasons Why We Need Poetry in Schools

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Let me start with this: We need poetry. We really do. Poetry promotes literacy, builds community, and fosters emotional resilience. It can cross boundaries that little else can. April is National Poetry Month.


Via Pippa Davies @PippaDavies
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Any writing teacher (and most reading teachers) will tell you that poetry is important.  Keep it in your classroom! 

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 9, 2013 11:10 PM

Poetry is part of a language classroom for many reasons but mostly because poetry is a sign of God's amazing creation, transcending, community building and emotionally resilient.  Read nonsense poetry, classical poetry and all different types of poetry and your children will thank you!

plerudulier's comment, April 11, 2013 3:07 PM
Come to think of it, sure, we do need poetry, not only at school for that matter.
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Gary Snyder: Online Poems

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How Poetry Comes to Me

It comes blundering over the
Boulders at night, it stays
Frightened outside the
Range of my campfire
I go to meet it at the
Edge of the light

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I've loved Gary Snyders poetry for over 40 years.  He brings the outdoors home with an experienced eyd.

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April is for Poets « Recess TEC Inc.

April is for Poets « Recess TEC Inc. | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

There is still time to plan for April as Poetry Month. 
With the iPad and web tools, 
technology can take motivation and ideas to a whole new level.

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Always Write: Pi Poems...a writer's notebook extra credit challenge.

Always Write: Pi Poems...a writer's notebook extra credit challenge. | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Corbett Harrison:


Here's one of my original writer's notebook lessons. To assist our students as they pre-write in their Writer's Notebooks for ideas that will becomeWriting Workshop topics, my wonderful wife (Dena Harrison), a fabulous fellow NNWP Consultant (Jenny Hoy), and I conceived and created nineChoice Menus for Notebooks/Workshop during a recertification class we took during Spring Break of 2012. In August of 2012, we will make available for the first time the entire set of nine menus which we will begin using this September. Each culturally-themed menu comes with five sections, each with three choices: appetizers, soup, salad, entrees, and desserts. Students can earn a special notebook sticker by making a complete "meal" using the different sections of the menu.

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[in Just-] by E. E. Cummings : The Poetry Foundation

[in Just-] by  E. E. Cummings  : The Poetry Foundation | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
[in Just-]

BY E. E. CUMMINGS


in Just-
spring          when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman
whistles          far          and wee
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My favorite Cummings poem of all!

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Christopher Meeks: POETIC SENSE: Sound and Imagery

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Christopher Meeks

Some years ago when I first started to teach a fiction class called “Essential Beginnings” at UCLA Extension, I had to consider what I should offer new writers. In the context of a three-hour class, what things might I guide people toward that they may not otherwise discover immediately on their own? Poetry. I use it now, too, in my fiction class at Santa Monica College.

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Zeugma? Is this a literary device you know? Be sure to see Christopher Meeks's superb list of sound and imagery devices.

 

Christopher Meeks is a writer who also teaches writing. His techniques for adult writers also work in the classroom with young writers. I've enjoyed his work for years. 

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How Writers Write Poetry 2015 - Canvas Network | Free online courses | MOOCs

How Writers Write Poetry 2015 - Canvas Network | Free online courses | MOOCs | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
How Writers Write Poetry 2015 offers an interactive progression through the principles and practice of writing poetry. The course presents a curated collection of short, intimate talks on craft by two dozen acclaimed poets writing in English. Craft topics include persona, notebooking, the line, the turn, form, and the lyric. The talks are designed for beginning poets just starting to put words on a page as well as for advanced poets looking for new entry points, engagement with process, or teaching tips. The course will be taught by Professor Christopher Merrill, International Writing Program Director, poet, and translator; and Camille Rankine, poet, Assistant Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College, and editorial director of The Manhattanville Review.
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The University of Iowa is well known for writing instruction.  As a writing teacher, why not write with the help of the Massive, Open, Online Class?

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Be a Teacher Who Writes Poetry

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Need some inspiration? Try writing a poem today using one of these tips for getting started!
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Poetry with Kids - Presenting Haiga

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http://www.thebookchook.com/2014/03/poetry-with-kids-presenting-haiga.html


This is the fourth in a recent series of articles at The Book Chook about poetry and children. The first was Poetry with Kids - Ideas and Resources, the second was Poetry with Kids - Creating Haiku, and the third was Poetry with Kids - Creating Haiga. This week, the final in this series is Poetry with Kids - Presenting Haiga.


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BookChook's curator insight, March 6, 2014 11:28 PM

Some ideas on presenting haiga after children have created them (by adding haiku to images.) Also links to other articles about creating poetry with kids. 

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 27, 2014 8:13 AM

Some great ideas on how to connect pictures with Haiku and then how to present.

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Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?

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First I asked the students to accept a rigid pattern, modeled on:

Dog, where did you get that bark?Dragon, where do you get that flame?Kitten, where did you get that meow?Rose, where did you get that red?Bird, where did you get those wings?

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Great way to introduce sentence fluency using poetry patterns.

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Learning Parade: Newspaper Blackout Poems

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Who is Austin Kleon? An inspiring contemporary poet. He uses newspaper articles from the New York Times as unique canvases for creating his verse. Here is one of Austin's first time lapse videos that immediately had me intrigued last year:...
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Book News: Navajo Nation Names Its First Poet Laureate : NPR

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Luci Tapahonso is the author of several collections of poetry, including A Radiant Curve andBlue Horses Rush In.


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Claudia M. Reder's curator insight, May 28, 2013 10:56 AM

When you get a chance, listen to her read aloud.  She has a beautifully melodic voice.

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The Allen Ginsberg Project: Allen Ginsberg & Michael McClure - 1976 Naropa "Retrospective" Reading

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We've been featuring of late transcription from Allen's 1976 summer-session teaching at Naropa Institute - Spontaneous Poetics. Alongside of that (and alongside all the other classes) there was also a lively reading-series at Naropa that year (which Allen actively participated in), perhaps the highlight of which was his own June 16 reading with Michael McClure (the introduction is by Anne Waldman). 

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Tube City Chronicles: Haiku in the morning

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Just this morning I was reading about the life and work of the great Japanese Haiku poet Issa.  I was introduced to this form, and Issa in particular by my high school english teacher Denis Huckaby. Now, fifty years later the echo of that first discovery is still faintly ringing my inner ear.

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30 Ways to Celebrate- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More

30 Ways to Celebrate- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
A resource from the Academy of American Poets with thousands of poems, essays, biographies, weekly features, and poems for love and every occasion

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 27, 2013 1:17 PM

Lots of great poetry ideas to share the love of writing creatively with your students during National Poetry Month in April.  We celebrate all our poets this month with a poetry slam and contest on our social network Ning!  To enjoy our poetry slam email pdavies@onlineschool.ca to RSVP for April 9th @11am all students grade 7-12.

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William Carlos Williams "The Red Wheelbarrow"

WCW reading of "The Red Wheelbarrow" recorded Jan 9, 1942. Columbia University. (illustrated by alice for mr.mclucks & sir chanticleer ldo)
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Muses And Metaphor 2013: Tweet Us Your Poetry! : NPR

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Poetry and social media join forces in April, as Tell Me More celebrates National Poetry Month with the Muses and Metaphor series. We'll feature poems exchanged via Twitter by NPR fans — always in 140 characters or fewer.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, March 14, 2013 9:56 AM

Words cascading, characters fading, 140 at a time. Creative poppin, show stoppin, they don't all gotta rhyme! http://n.pr/ZqcTBB #TMMPoetry

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 18, 2013 10:43 AM

Great idea to get students writing poetry!

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