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Teaching Poetry in High School

by Albert B. Somers

ISBN 0814152899 / 9780814152898 / 0-8141-5289-9
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English
Language English
Edition Softcover
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This practical guide for English teachers opens with background on how poetry is currently being taught in American schools. Somers covers the selection of what to teach, different approaches that a teacher might use and how to employ them, and how to evaluate what students have learned. The author gives specific examples of poems to use and how to present them, including classroom scenarios. Highlights throughout the book clarify information given within the text. A chapter titled "Teaching Poetry Across the Curriculum" provides suggestions for using poetry in other disciplines. Teachers are encouraged to use contemporary poets and to stretch their methods to offer students choices and the opportunity to make poetry their own. Specific guidelines for discussing poetry are given to engage students. Educators are shown how to teach form and technique without turning students off, and ideas for performing poetry, such as the everpopular poetry slam, are offered. An entire chapter on writing poetry is filled with examples of easytowrite poems. Both new and experienced teachers who dread poetry units will find fresh ideas here to encourage a second look. A list of sources for all types of poems that might capture students' interests is included. Purchase this comprehensive, helpful resource for any school's professional library. Contents: Poetry in America Poetry in the Schools In Selection Approaching Poetry Responding to Poetry by Talking Responding to Poetry by Performing Poetry and Writing Teaching Form and Technique Assessing the Teaching and Learning of Poetry Teaching Poetry across the Curriculum Poetry and the Internet Anthologies of Poetry Reference Works Selected Journals [via]